Remaking St. Patrick’s Day

Remaking St. Patrick’s Day


They called out as it were with one voice: ‘We beg you, holy boy, to come and walk again among us.’ This touched my heart deeply, and I could not read any further; I woke up then. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord granted them what they were calling for.  The Confession of Saint Patrick

The basic story of Saint Patrick is known universally. He brought the Catholic faith to an island of pagans and encircled them in that faith. He led the Irish from darkness to the light of Christ and changed their world, seemingly forever. That rock-ribbed faith he imparted to them became perhaps their chief characteristic for 1,600 years.

Growing up as an American of (partial) Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day was a day to “wear the green,” find little gifts from leprechauns, and play Irish music. Later my friends and I placed ourselves at Irish pubs and filled the night with stout, whisky, and merriment. It was always amplified by the fact that this was in Lent, and so we wanted to make sure we really got our money’s worth on a feast day like this. We were good Catholic boys, so it never got too, too far—but we did have our fun, no question.

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