March 17, 2013
St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He was born circa 387 and died on March 17 c 460 or 492 AD depending upon which historian is believed. From a website about St. Patrick, “He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He wrote two works for which he was known; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and Epistola, which was a denunciation of the British mistreatment of Irish Christians.”
He described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshiped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks, leprechauns, a pot of gold, rainbows, castles, corned beef and cabbage, good luck, and laughter. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~An old Irish proverb
May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.