Some saints need to be remembered… and the famous St. Patrick is one of those in my book. His story is one of great drama and grace, full of injustice, wealth and privilege, poverty, teenage – despair and adult enlightenment…drowned in a wave of love, compassion and forgiveness for those who wronged him in his youth.
St. Patrick was known for the compassion he shared for fellow mankind, his desire to reach the lost hearts and souls of those who he should have hated, faith and love that are worth remembering every year…. to find out more, check out this History channel link.
Excerpt from History.com article...” Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than 15 years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)
Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs…” ( I love that part)
I hope you check up on the details of St. Patrick’s life and seriously consider telling your kids about this man and his remarkable life… he’s more than a quaint spring holiday or an excuse for a day of fun and green expressions of joy.
He’s a man to be remembered and revered, and then after you’ve soberly considered his contributions to our faith and our heritage… go eat or drink something green and dance a good Irish jig in his memory! 🙂
Before you go… take this with you ! A genuine – St. Patrick’s Day Blessing…
(Courtesy of Father Mike Warnke)
“May your Blessings be many.
May your troubles be few.
May friends and family gather ’round your table and
May our Good God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
The Lord’s very best to you this Saint Patrick’s day… from RTP!
Go Green or Go Home 🙂