St. Patrick

St. Patrick

Posted on 17. Mar, 2009 by in Missions

St. Patty’s. If your first thoughts are about green beer and kitschy leprechaun decorations, you’re not alone. But the man behind the story is so much better… and your teeth don’t get stained…. so that’s a plus.

Patrick was born in Britain. Although his dad was a deacon, he freely admits that, growing up, he wasn’t a Christian. Around age sixteen, he was kidnapped and carried off as a slave to Ireland. Patrick spent the next six years in forced labor. It was during his time in captivity that he came to Christ, praying daily. And then, one day, he heard a voice telling him that he’d go home soon. He escaped his master, and, after various adventures, finally got home to his family.

Returning to Ireland

Returning to Ireland

Patrick recounts a vision he had a few years after returning home:

“I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish”. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: ‘We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.’ “

The rest is history… or I guess, folklore. Patrick returned, and spent the rest of his life in Ireland. Within 150 years, Ireland became a stronghold of Christianity.
Here are some things to think about:

Patrick was forced to learn languages and customs by living in the culture.

As an escaped slave, he had an impact on those he was trying to reach.

So think about this while you’re looking for people to pinch because they’re not wearing green!

(Story taken from the Confessions of Saint Patrick, one of two known letters attributed to him. If you’re a history buff, it’s actually worth a read!)

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2 Responses to “St. Patrick”

  1. Brad Ruggles

    17. Mar, 2009

    St Pat is so cool. He really did some pretty amazing stuff for the people of Ireland by helping to spread the gospel. He’s a neat person to celebrate.

    You may know this, is there a good movie about his life?

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  2. Jason

    17. Mar, 2009

    well, there’s the Veggie Tales feature on the DVD “Sumo of the Opera”….

    But if you want a good book, check out Steven R. Lawhead’s book “Patrick: Son of Ireland”. (historic fiction)

    I’d say they should do a movie, but they’d probably mess it up.

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