Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I love St. Patrick’s Day! Growing up Catholic in Wisconsin, there were many Irish people keeping St. Patrick’s Day traditions alive. In fact, one small farming town nearby, New London, is famous for its small parade which includes the local fire trucks, the high school marching band and not much else. LOL. It’s odd that St. Patrick’s Day is such a big holiday when he isn’t a super popular saint the rest of the year…. I looked up some info on St. Patrick:

  • he lived in Medieval times, around 400
  • he was not actually Irish! he was from England, and got sold into slavery, becoming a sheepherder in the Irish countryside
  • he always heard and listened to his spiritual guides – the angels and God – he heard a voice telling him to walk to the sea where he would find a ship and be able to get a free ride back to England which he did, and he returned to Ireland after he dreamed of his Irish friend telling him to come back
  • he had to learn Latin in order to become a Catholic priest, which was hard for him as he hadn’t had much schooling
  • he lived at the same time as St. Brighid (see my blog post about her) and is buried with her in the town of Downpatrick, County Down, in Northern Ireland – this is disputed by some but it’s believed a few relics of each (part of the body but not the whole body = ewww!) plus St. Columba are buried here
  • the imagery of him defeating the snake and driving them out of Ireland is likely a metaphor for the pagan religions (like the Celts practiced) which dwindled after he made Catholicism so popular in Ireland (sorry, pagans!)
  • it’s said his symbol is the 3-leafed clover because he used it to explain the Trinity (God the father, Jesus the son and the Holy Ghost) to new Catholics, however this is also an ancient Celtic symbol

draw Celtic knot shamrock

One of my favorite angel ladies, the Irish Lorna Byrne, says she sees St. Patrick with many Celtic (pronounced “keltic” with a hard “k”) symbols around him, like the shamrock and the famous Celtic knotwork. She thinks he has become a symbol for of all Ireland, including the ancient Celtic beliefs (pagan). She also says the Irish are a very special people, very pure in spirit. She says you will find Irish communities all over the world because God tasked them with bringing their beautiful spirituality to all corners of the globe. How sweet!

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