Thursday, March 17, 2011

What would St. Patrick think?

St. Patrick. He had it right. British-born, he was enslaved in Ireland, returned to England, and eventually went back to Ireland to minister to the Irish people. He responded to God's call on his life; what must have been a difficult task.

Today is the date of St. Patrick's death. This is what was inscribed on his breastplate:

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ before me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I wonder what St. Patrick would think of all the cartoon-y, shamrock-y. pot-of-gold-y elements of a day named for him?

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