These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name." (Acts 9:1-9)
Today we have the first of three accounts in the Acts of the Apostles of what happened to Saul (Paul): See Acts 22:3-16 and Acts 26:2-18. But the Apostle Paul himself never mentions any of this. Paul only says, “I have seen the Lord” (1 Corinthians 9:1 and Galatians 1:11-23). The imaginative accounts in Acts were written 30 years after Paul’s death.