Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick - Who Was He Really?

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody!

It's again that day where all those annoying "you get pinched if you're not wearing green" people appear. XD

A lot of people view St. Patrick's Day as just any other day. Some use it as an excuse to party. But how many people actually know who Saint Patrick was and what it was about him that made him so important?

Patrick is speculated to have been born in the late 300s in what is now Northeast England. He was raised in a family of Christians, but it didn't seem that their faith had much impression upon him.
Then, at the age of sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders. *gasp*

He was taken back to Ireland and served as a slave there for six whole years. During his time there, God opened his eyes and turned his heart to Him. Patrick escaped from his captivity a changed man. He studied theology and ministry for over twenty years.

That could have been the end of his story. But then, at the age of about forty-eight, he had a dream of someone with an Irish accent calling out to him, "We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us."

Having known the language and the customs from his time in Irish captivity, Patrick now answered the call to return to the place spent in slavery with the message of joy. The slave returned to his captors with the wonderful news of true freedom.

It wasn't as easy as it sounded, however. The Irish Celtics were considered "barbarians". They had few Christians and no thriving church or movement.

An interesting part of his strategy was that Patrick didn’t go to Ireland alone. He went with a team of about a dozen others. Just like Jesus sent out his disciples together, Patrick assembled a close-knit crew that would tackle the work together before moving on together to the next place. The group would minister for weeks and months among them, eventually pursuing baptisms and the founding of a church. Then they would leave behind a team member or two to provide leadership for the new church and move on, sometimes with a convert or two.

According to tradition, Saint Patrick died on March 17. 

Although many now have forgotten the true meaning of this holiday, Patrick's story is certainly one worth remembering!

This is a fun little short on St. Patrick's Day from a Veggietales episode. ;P

~Livi Jane

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