Originally Posted by antonyh
14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which* the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For* neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16 As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.* Amen.
Paul's ending to Galatians summarizes everything that's important to Christians. For me "circumcision" stands for all the regulations of society or the church that get in the way of being united with the Divine Love. Did Paul have the stigmata? Maybe. What's more important is that he is "branded" with the marks of crucifixion in the new creation of ultimate freedom.
Take heart. Don't sweat the small stuff. Look to God. Unite yourself with the divine in God's love.