Saint Paul the Apostle was born around 5 AD. He was born into the rise of the Roman Empire. His birth name given to him was Saul of Tarsus. Saul was actually a Roman Soldier himself. Saul hated the Christians. He heard about Christians gathering at Damascus, so he asked the high priest if he could slaughter them. The high priest granted Saul permission. “Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains,” (Acts 9:1-2). But on his way to Damascus, Saul was struck down from his horse and blinded by a light. He heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me.” “On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’”(Acts 9:3-4). Saul was terrified and called back to the light. The light told Saul that He was Jesus, and that Saul should go into the city, and he would be told what to do. “He said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do,’”(Acts 9: 5-6). When Saul got up from the ground, he could not see. His fellow soldiers had to leave him into the city. He was unable to see, drink, or eat for three days. “Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank,” (Acts 9: 8-9). Saul ended up becoming Christian and being Baptized. His name was changed from Saul, to Paul. Saint Paul has set the foundation of the Catholic Church ever since. He wrote many letters to other groups to tell them about the Catholic Faith. He is sometimes called The Apostle of the Gentiles because he played a big role in allowing the Gentiles to become Christian at the Council of Jerusalem. He is the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, writers, journalists, authors, public workers, rope and saddle makers, tent makers, etc. Some of his symbols are a beam of light, a sword, and a severed head. Saint Paul the Apostle was is a great role model of how to live our lives, and how we should preach the Gospel and the Word of God.