The Heart of Lydia

Posted May 8, 2018 1:29 pm by Archbishop Richard W. Smith

The Heart of Lydia

My thoughts are inspired by a line from Sacred Scripture, given for the mass of the day today (Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter). Acts16: 11-15 recounts the journey of St. Paul and companions to Philippi and an encounter that occurred between him and Lydia during his first days there. We are told that “the Lord opened [Lydia’s] heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.” A simple sentence, but there is a lot happening here.Ruins of Philippi today.First of all, consider Lydia herself. She encountered Paul when he went to a place of prayer and spoke

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