We all have heard the legend of St Patrick. He was the man who supposedly drove all the snakes from Ireland. And for that amazing feat, what do we get? A day to drink green beer and live in debauchery? That’s what modern culture tells us men should be doing today, but I think St Patrick probably had a different idea.

St Patrick was a catholic bishop who was one of the leaders in converting the Irish pagans to Christianity. The story is a bit more interesting and strange than that though. Patrick was a Roman Britain who was captured by Celtic marauders and sold into slavery at 16. He was put in the fields by his master, to watch his flocks. While watching the flocks, his letters reveal that he lived in constant prayer. After 6 years, he heard a voice telling him to flee. He followed this voice 200 miles to a ship which eventually carried him to his freedom (though not without some difficulties). After returning home, he received an education. While being educated, he felt called to return to Ireland with God’s message. On his way there, he received word that the Bishop had died and that he would take his place.

Dunmore Abbey, rumored to be the Abbey of St Patrick

On arriving in Ireland, a chieftain took a liking to him and build Patrick a monastery and chapel. The druids of Eire took offense to Patrick’s teachings and constantly tried to drive him out, but through God’s grace, supernatural events are reported to have changed the hearts of the leaders for him. Patrick stood with only a few against the might of the combined tribes, and without a single blow being exchanged, was granted the right to spread the message across the island.

I will tell you that this information is what i have collected, and it may not be completely true, but the fact that one man would return to his captors to share Jesus’ love shows me he was a Hardcore Christian Man. I’ll leave you with this classic Irish parting,

 

 

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you;

And may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

 

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

Comments
  1. Robert says:

    Excellent Paul! Excellent!

  2. Jeanelle says:

    Nice information, I will be viewing back regularly to discover posts.

  3. J.W. Wartick says:

    Awesome! St. Patrick was a fantastic example of a missionary committed to Christ.

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