Dear Brothers and Sisters today we are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day. Who was Saint Patrick and what is his story.
When we think of Saint Patrick's day no he is not a leprechaun and certainly not a green died lake.
Saint Patrick was an early Christian Celtic Saint that was a missionary and Bishop in Ireland. There are different legends attached to him. Some legends and some historically accurate.
We need to understand that Saint Patrick did not bring Christianity into Ireland as it was already there from Palladius and his followers. Back in those days there was no Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic nor any Church other then the Christian communities governed by Bishops of various jurisdictions.
Saint Patrick was from England and was captured and taken by Irish Pagans as a slave and worked as a Shepard of pigs and sheep and as a Christian had strong faith even undergoing the persecution and abuse from the pagan Celts. When he converted the Pagan Celts to Christianity he used simple ways to explain the Trinity by using the three leaved shamrock and the Celtic Cross was simple by adding the circle that symbolized the sun and moon the Celts worshiped to the circle to eternity that God is.
We can still learn of Saint Patrick today as his spirituality is still being represented. The Celtic Cross which Saint Patrick, Saint Columba, Saint Brendan used are still found all over Ireland and Great Britain. We have Saint Patrick's Breastplate to pray and still some ancient Celtic Christian Spirituality found in our rites in our Churches. There are many virtues we can learn from Saint Patrick and introduce them in every day life.
Have a Blessed Feast Day of Saint Patrick and remember Patrick as he was. A Christian Saint who fought for the Christian cause and even defended the persecuted from the persecutors.