Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | March 15, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day

In our world today, we often see Christian holidays distorted to fit our culture. One such holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. I really wonder how many people actually know the true reason we celebrate St. Patrick. There are many variations of his story, so I will do my best to keep the facts straightforward.

Originally from the British Isles, at the age of sixteen he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. After several years in captivity, he escaped and fled to his home of Britain. Once home, he decided to become a priest. The story goes that he had a dream that the people of Ireland were calling for him to return and convert them to Christianity.

After several years, he returned to the land of his captivity. Although there were other Christian missionaries in Ireland at the time, St. Patrick is credited with having the most influence in being used by God to bring Christianity to Ireland. The way he did so was by ministering to nobles and those in authority, who in turn were examples to their countrymen. St. Patrick served the people of Ireland for thirty years before dying on March 17th, sometime in the 5th century.

The story of St. Patrick is an amazing story of sacrifice and dedication, and should not be lost in a culture that associates St. Patrick’s Day with shamrocks, alcohol, and leprechauns. This Sunday, take time to celebrate the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, and share the true story with your family. Eat corned beef and soda bread, and take time to discuss St. Patrick and his life of serving our Lord. Let me share with you a famous prayer by St. Patrick, known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

 

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