Dia Duit! Dia is Muire duit!
Hello! Hello to you too!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Heroic Catholics!
All Catholics pretty much (Actually almost everyone, no matter what their religion is) celebrate the Feast of this Irish Saint.
Obviously, St. Patrick is best known for how he used the 3 Leaf Clover to explain the Trinity, but here’s a bit more about him:
He was born around 387 A.D. [Neat fact: That’s before the Canon of the Bible was finalized, just sayin, to put things in perspective.]
He died around 460 (though some sources say closer to 493).
He was born to Roman Parents in Great Britain (some sources say it was where Scotland is now) and his name was Patricius.
He was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. Instead of losing his faith in God after being kidnapped, his faith was only strengthened. He eventually escaped and became a priest. Following a private revelation he realized he had to return to Ireland as a missionary Bishop.
Pope St. Celestine I authorized his mission. He remained in Ireland till his death.
So technically he’s a Scots-Irish Saint. Which makes it even cooler for me – someone who has strong Scots-Irish heritage.
To close this post how about some quotes?
“There is no other God, nor has there been before now, nor will there be hereafter, except God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, upholding all things, and his Son Jesus Christ, whom we also confess to have been with the Father alwas – before the world’s beginning …. Jesus Christ is the Lord and God in whom we believe…and who has poured out the Holy Spirit on us abundantly…whom we confess and adore as one God in the Trinity of the sacred name.”
“Jesus Christ is the Lord and God in whom we believe, and whose coming we expect will soon take place, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to everyone according to his works.”
St. Patrick (c. A.D. 452)
“I bind myself today in the strong power of an invocation of the Trinity – the faith of the Trinity in unity, the Creator of the universe.
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.”
– St. Patrick’s Breastplate (a prayer long attributed to St. Patrick. This is just a segment of it, actually, the prayer in its entirety is much longer)
St. Patrick, pray for us. Help us to remain faithful to God even when times are hard. Help us reach out to those who don’t understand and let us lead them closer to God.
Now don’t forget to wear green or you’ll get pinched! 😉