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Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17
FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Posted on 03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT by Salvation

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by ReinhardhaukeImage: Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by Reinhardhauke

Saint Patrick

Saint of the Day for March 17

(c. 386 – 461)

 

Saint Patrick’s Story

Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.

Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a little later than earlier accounts. Patrick may have been born in Dunbarton, Scotland, Cumberland, England, or in northern Wales. He called himself both a Roman and a Briton. At 16, he and a large number of his father’s slaves and vassals were captured by Irish raiders and sold as slaves in Ireland. Forced to work as a shepherd, he suffered greatly from hunger and cold.

After six years Patrick escaped, probably to France, and later returned to Britain at the age of 22. His captivity had meant spiritual conversion. He may have studied at Lerins, off the French coast; he spent years at Auxerre, France, and was consecrated bishop at the age of 43. His great desire was to proclaim the good news to the Irish.

In a dream vision it seemed “all the children of Ireland from their mothers’ wombs were stretching out their hands” to him. He understood the vision to be a call to do mission work in pagan Ireland. Despite opposition from those who felt his education had been defective, he was sent to carry out the task. He went to the west and north–where the faith had never been preached–obtained the protection of local kings, and made numerous converts.

Because of the island’s pagan background, Patrick was emphatic in encouraging widows to remain chaste and young women to consecrate their virginity to Christ. He ordained many priests, divided the country into dioceses, held Church councils, founded several monasteries and continually urged his people to greater holiness in Christ.

He suffered much opposition from pagan druids and was criticized in both England and Ireland for the way he conducted his mission.

In a relatively short time, the island had experienced deeply the Christian spirit, and was prepared to send out missionaries whose efforts were greatly responsible for Christianizing Europe.

Patrick was a man of action, with little inclination toward learning. He had a rocklike belief in his vocation, in the cause he had espoused.

One of the few certainly authentic writings is his Confessio, above all an act of homage to God for having called Patrick, unworthy sinner, to the apostolate.

There is hope rather than irony in the fact that his burial place is said to be in County Down in Northern Ireland, long the scene of strife and violence.


Reflection

What distinguishes Patrick is the durability of his efforts. When one considers the state of Ireland when he began his mission work, the vast extent of his labors, and how the seeds he planted continued to grow and flourish, one can only admire the kind of man Patrick must have been. The holiness of a person is known only by the fruits of his or her work.


Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of:

Engineers
Ireland
Nigeria


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; lentenseries; saints
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1 posted on 03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Saint of the Day Lenten Series Ping!


2 posted on 03/17/2017 4:00:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 03/17/2017 4:01:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
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4 posted on 03/17/2017 4:06:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

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5 posted on 03/17/2017 4:08:17 PM PDT by heterosupremacist (Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem!)
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To: Salvation

Here’s wishing all my FReeper friends a blessed St. Patrick’s Day!


6 posted on 03/17/2017 4:18:29 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Happy days are here again, with Trump/Pence!)
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To: heterosupremacist

http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/


7 posted on 03/17/2017 4:20:30 PM PDT by heterosupremacist (Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem!)
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To: Salvation

Happy St. Patrick day.

Gaelic anyone?

5.56mm


8 posted on 03/17/2017 5:04:29 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day BTTT!


9 posted on 03/17/2018 9:34:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Happy St. Patrick day.

The Hillsborough river will be green today.

5.56mm


10 posted on 03/17/2018 10:48:31 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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