|St. Paul writing in prison by Rembrandt|
I have a copy of this in my office
Paul certainly speaks for me when he writes "What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate" (Romans 7:15).
I am learning over and over that grace is necessary to overcome sin and to call upon God and ask for the grace to be whom he calls us to be. He wants to give it to us. Sin has been discussed frequently in chapters one to seven, along with our fallen nature and inclination to sin. This has led me to a new favorite word, concupiscence.
We are using The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible series. I also use The Writings of the New Testament by Luke Timothy Johnson, The New Testament by Stephen Harris and Seven Pauline Letters by Peter F. Ellis to give more information to the class.
If you have a chance, study some of St. Paul. You will gain a new appreciation for him and a better understanding of scripture.