“Glorious and immaculate virgin. Joseph, her spouse. Peter and Paul. More interesting if you understood what it was all about,” Leopold Bloom is thinking in chapter 5 of Ulysses, Lotus Eaters. The context: he walks into a catholic church service, and reflects upon theology while the other people there celebrates communion. He mentions the apostle Paul. This was a man who knew something of what it was all about. In 1 Corinthians 15,9 he says: “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” In Ephesians 3,8-9 he continues his reflections upon God and himself: “Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” And finally, in 1 Timothy 1,15: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” Not even an apostle, less than the least of Lord’s people, the worst sinner. That’s a testimony of the pains of being pure at heart through Jesus.