Paul was a young boy who desired to be a saint and was born by immigrant parents in his life Paul. He used his parent’s native language in praising. His journey includes the encounter with protestants and was not comfortable with some catholic doctrine which were figurative he deftly its figures and imagery. (Wilkes, 2009p92) God sent him many signals to show him that he was not to go for priesthood rather he decided to follow another vocation of being a writer this posed a challenge to Paul and he struggles to fight the vice.
He begins his life in a working class in neighborhood; he basically admits his sins and lack of saints in him including the conversion in reverse as he gained popularity from his writing. Paul life was a humbled one his personal challenges made him grow stronger as he faced each and every challenge amicable, at the end of his marriage Paul resolves to assist people in the society; he basically cared for the society castoffs. In fact the readers encounter his decaying soul as they go through his writings, the readers ponder to if he would remarry or become a monk, many critics that he goes through. Some appreciates it as they view it as quest to attain the spiritual inherent.
Paul is a great person in responding well to the issues affecting him personally he was faced with pressure; he confidently came out and stopped his pretence and cleared out the air as he stated his own independence in the classroom. Paul at one point taught and was asked questions concerning what the ‘what good must I do to gain eternal life ‘he was asked a question and he responds was the reason as why he was asked the question. (Wilkes, 2009p102) Good enough Paul responded to him that there was only one thing that was good to be in the eternal life, to basically respect God in this way one will abide by the rules and the teachings.
Paul is a talented person his writings cause a lot of influence and his attractiveness towards women, he has become famous though he did not get his desire to religion but took the vocation of writing. His strong religious interest brings him closer to God and that’s the reason he performs charities in the society. Paul’s life is one word the failures and his ultimate triumph with faith and believe in God battered. Basically the attitude he had played a role in his personal life and the challenges he faced personally.
Paul life is similar to a pinball ricocheting in between a holiness aspect and hedonism. His general response to the challenges he encountered was tactical and did handle it in an appropriate manner. Being born from a poor family and working through the hardship of life as child on his own required or rather demanded that he put himself in that kind of a lifestyle. Paul was among the strongest kids of his time. (Wilkes, 2009p113)This is because throughout his youth, we see that he was able to work as carpenter or any other kind of work that didn’t required trained and skilled personnel regardless of the poor pay. He went extreme to even working for 40 hours and only was able to soothe his soul and belly with outdated bread and free water.Paul had a strong faith in God and courage to handle his critical challenges without a shoulder to lead on. He was force to pretend to have driven classy and been to fancy places so as to fit in the social group in the campus thus indicating that he was ambitious and didn’t allow the present situation to play as a determinant on what he wanted to be in the future. (Wilkes, 2009p123)
He did conduct himself in rightful manner as could be expected. For instance he never gave up of his dreams of living together and even moving in to a three- bedroom split house with an ideal catholic girl in the campus despite the social class difference that existence between them. In the event of settling his $11 to $12 a week house rent, he worked so hard though it reach a time when thing went beyond his control and had to seek some other means for his upkeep and shelter within the campus. The chaplain of a dental school was the only option that remains for him and was able to get a room for his stay which made him ending up blind to the chaplain for the rest of his life. In conclusion the entire life hardship he went through harden him both physical and spiritual. In the sense that he was in best position to tackle any challenge that life offer and it also strengthen his bond with. This is because at the time he needs someone to cry and to relieve his burden God was the only rescuing source. He response to the challenge in a justified manner but he ended up affect those people around.
Wilkes, Paul. In Due Season: A Catholic Life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Sanders, James A, David M. L. Carr, and Richard D. Weis. A Gift of God in Due Season: Essays on Scripture and Community in Honor of James A. Sanders. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. Internet resource.