Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Charms?

When many people think of St. Patrick, the first things that come to mind are shamrocks, leprechauns, and maybe pinches for people who don’t wear green. What’s easy to miss in these celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day is the fact that the real Patrick was a devout Christian and a missionary.

Patrick was a Roman Briton, born to wealthy parents. His father was a deacon, but Patrick wasn’t particularly religious. 

Around the year 430, when Patrick was sixteen, Irish raiders kidnapped him. Patrick became a slave, watching his Irish master’s sheep. 

In his loneliness, he turned to the God of his father and entrusted his life to Jesus Christ.
Six years later, Patrick escaped from the Irish and returned to his family—but soon
afterward, a dream changed his destiny. He saw an angel, and the heavenly messenger
told him to go back to Ireland.

For fifteen years Patrick studied theology and Scripture; then he returned to Ireland not
as a slave but as a missionary. He used familiar Irish symbols to explain Christian
theology—the three-leafed shamrock, for example, became a metaphor for the Trinity.

This video clip from Rose Publishing helps give some good insights into who Patrick was and how He was used of God.

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