A Post St. Patrick's Day Reflection
Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day today, so I decided to look up some facts about St. Patrick to see if I could find some things I didn't know before. I did know these two things: aside from being the patron saint of Ireland, who is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish Celts, St. Patrick is also credited with getting rid of all of the snakes on the island.
That's right... there are no native snakes in Ireland. But it was the Ice Age that got rid of the snakes, not St. Patrick, despite the persistence of the legend.
What I didn't know was that he was trafficked as a slave by Irish pirates and came to love Ireland through his travels there. It was while he was a slave that Patrick put his faith in God, and would eventually convert to Christianity upon his return to Britain.
Funny that... Patrick isn't actually Irish, even though he's the patron saint of Ireland. He was most likely a Briton, descended from Romans who settled in the southern part of what is now the United Kingdom. There are also some scholars who say that he could have also been Welsh.
Patrick would eventually return to Ireland as a missionary, where he would be persecuted by the Celts, directed by druid priests, who sang these kinds of rhymes about Patrick and his ilk:
his cloak with hole for the head, his stick bent in the head.
He will chant impieties from a table in the front of his house;
all his people will answer: "so be it, so be it."
May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us.