Holding out until the end

Imprisoned and in chains, St. Paul writes to his young companion Timothy, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith” (2 Tm 4:7). Indeed, the Acts of the Apostles and his letters recount the hardships Paul had to endure — “beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts” (2 Cor 6:5) — as he traveled the Mediterranean world spreading the good news of Christianity.

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