Saint Patrick

Americans, whether or not we are Irish or Catholic, love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. But many people know very little about this great saint whose feast day we celebrate with almost carnivalesque fervor.
From the covering of our nakedness in Eden to the polite dishonesty of "putting on our Sunday best", pretense is borne from our fear -- fear of being judged, alienated and rejected. Yet it also becomes the prison that keeps us bound up.
"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day
Saint Patrick journeying to Tara Symbols The shamrock is associated with St. Patrick, as he reportedly used the three-leafed
But Saint Patrick's Day is not really about history, religion, or even Ireland; it is about the "other" American dream. Like the dream of building a new and better life, this one is a product of the immigrant experience.
Amid the fanfare and elation on this Saint Patrick's Day, we would be wise to honor the patron saint of Ireland by also adhering to his moral teachings and by personifying his exemplary character.
It is no accident that Patrick's stark admission of humility comes in the first sentence of his life story. He believed his own position was lowly and unworthy -- despite his epic successes.
St. Patrick's Day was originally a Roman Catholic holiday celebrating Ireland's patron saint and observed only in Ireland
Everyone who has even a drop of Irish blood has a special spirituality engrained within us -- a flame that burns deep down within our souls, connecting us to the deep spirituality of our roots.
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By bringing Christianity to so many of the Irish people, Patrick was a major instrument of Christianity supplanting the Druids. And, by doing so, Patrick "drove the snakes into the sea" in a metaphorical way.
St. Patrick was, in short, an amazing guy. He offers Christians important lessons about forgiveness and love.