Chances are that if you go anywhere on this day you will encounter numerous examples of the mythical icons attributed to Saint Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately these tokens represent ideas rather juxtaposed to the true meaning behind and message of Saint Patrick. These things such as leprechauns, magic shamrocks, and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow point more towards the futile search for fulfillment of self desire. When you look into the true history of Saint Patrick what you will find instead is a story of hardship and tragedy overcome by humility, determination, and love. The true story is a beautiful inspiration that can serve as a great model for us to follow.
Rather than searching for a magic shamrock to bring us luck, we can seek the beautiful message of the gospel for true virtue. Instead of seeking out a possibly treacherous leprechaun in order to gain three wishes, we can offer our prayers to God and seek the truth that really does set us free. And most of all, rather than seeking the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we can actually be a pot of gold (a blessing) for those around us.
“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.” – Saint Patrick
The beautiful writings of Saint Patrick can be found here:
Here is a good documentary about the true Saint Patrick: