Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day.

 It's St. Patrick's Day. I am Irish. I'll never tan and I was born with strawberry blonde-ish hair.
That to me requires that I wear green and like it. Which is good cause GREEN looks awesome on me. Of course I have the weird colored skin tone in which all colors suit me so I don't have to worry about "buying and wearing the wrong colors." I just typically always wear blue, grey, or white.

Back to St. Patrick's Day. Does anyone know the true story? I do. It's amazing. There's no beer involved, no obsession of green, no pinching.. no leprechauns. (In other words, the true story has been lost thanks to American's culture and OVER-doing/commercializing EVERY holiday. )

Most people wouldn't celebrate St. Partick's Day if they knew what it is truly about.


The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn't get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.
Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.
He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.
His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.
His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.
He also used a clover leaf to explain the trinity to people as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, hence the traditional clover leaf tie-in. 

VeggieTales actually has a great short story about it in several of their movies. I think I'll watch it later to truly commemorate the day of being BOLD enough to share Jesus regardless of the cost. 


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