The Life and Legacy of St. Patrick of Ireland
The life and times of St. Patrick have much more significance than a day of green garnish and drinking. Here is an overview of the significant events of St. Patrick’s life and legacy.
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and was born in Kilpatrick in Scotland in the year 387 AD and his feast day is celebrated on March 17th of every calendar year. He was one of only three saints in the company of St. Nicholas and St. Valentine to be celebrated by secular society.
When St. Patrick was only about fifteen years old he was captured during a raid into Scotland and was taken to Ireland as a slave who would herd sheep. During his time as a captive he was able to learn Celtic. He practiced daily and acquired a mastery of the language.
Though he would later declare a commitment to the Catholic Church he became well aware of traditional Irish folklore and druid system of Irish religions. In his own writing St. Patrick confirmed hearing the voice of God commanding him to escape from captivity. During his escape he prayed in the hills and woods nightly and felt that he could feel no hurt from the cold or challenge of his journey.
He lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family in the year 433. After he entered into the Church as an ordained bishop he returned to build his legendary life in Ireland in the northwest of the island. At the beginning of his return an attempt to murder him was launched by a chieftain of one of the native tribes who Patrick was able to convert.
His conversions grew over time and included kings, countryman, and thousands of disciples. His reach was felt throughout the country for his kindness and amiable spirit. He converted the entire Island over forty years of dedicated work and prayed to God to bring miracles upon the Irish. He lived in poverty throughout most of his life as a choice to be in solidarity with his people and show the benefits of living a minimalistic life.
He died at Saul where he had worked to build the first church on March 17th, 461. His legacy is remembered for his fondness for the Irish peoples, the church, and is commemorated throughout the world. Patrick was captured at 15, enslaved for 6 years, born in Scotland, and converted Ireland. Somehow we remember shamrocks, leprechauns, shaken desks, and alcohol. Another successful conversion to American culture. Standby: St. Nicholas, St. Valentine, its St. Patrick's day.Now you know more of the history of the man that has become the large celebration that it is today with shamrocks and Guinness.