The True Story of Saint Patrick and His Day

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

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:

https://archive.org/details/writingsofsaintp00patr

(And a PDF copy: https://ia802702.us.archive.org/25/items/writingsofsaintp00patr/writingsofsaintp00patr_bw.pdf )

Here is a good documentary about the true Saint Patrick:

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

st-patrickToday is March 17th and chances are that you or someone you meet today will be wearing green in honor of remembering the legacy of Saint Patrick. There will be parades, green food, green drink and plenty of tall tales. I wonder though how many of us know the real, true story of Saint Patrick. Here’s a hint: it isn’t about leprechauns, snakes, 4-leaf clovers, or green beer.

Patrick’s true story is about his mission to bring the message of God to the druids and pagans living on the island of Ireland. The clover was indeed part of Patrick’s message, but rather than the famed 4-leaf clover, he used the 3-leaf clover to illustrate the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thankfully you don’t have to take my word for it as Patrick left behind his own biography in his “Confession.” It is a marvelous and wonderful read, especially for those who want to get to know the true Patron Saint of Ireland.

Here is Saint Patrick’s Confession.

An Irish Blessing

May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.