True Tradition of St. Patrick

Mar 17, 2016  |     |   General

     Today is St. Patrick’s Day!  A day of leprechauns, green clothes, four leaf clovers, and pinches (for those not wearing green).  It can also be a day of green beer and drunkenness for many, an excuse to drink in access.
     The true purpose of St. Patrick’s Day is to commemorate the death of Christian missionary, St. Patrick.  Born Maewyn Succat, St. Patrick was kidnapped by a band of pirates from his native and of Britain at the age of 16.  After six years of slavery, he escaped to what is modern day France.  There he devoted his life to the Lord as a Monk, taking the name of Patricus or Patrick.
     Following the Lord’s call, Patrick traveled to Ireland as a missionary to the island’s tribes.  His personality and love for the people helped to abolish their pagan rites and bring people to the Lord—having a greater impact than any before him.
     The three-leafed clover was St. Patrick’s metaphor to explain the concept of the Trinity (three in one—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  His faith brought Christianity to the Irish, and brought fame to his name.
     So what if today, instead of indulging, we look to St. Patrick’s example?  He reached out to the friendless, those who had never accepted to Gospel.  He cared for them, cared about their salvation, and reached out.  Let us too, reach out to those who are less fortunate, to our neediest neighbors.  And in so doing, carry on the true tradition of St. Patrick.

Beatrice Jones
Marketing Coordinator