Saint Patrick (389-c.461)

for March 17

Saint Patrick is one of the world's most popular saints. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain around the year 389. At age 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and kept as a slave for six years. While herding sheep he had plenty of time to think, pray, and learn to trust in God. Eventually he escaped, found his family again, and studied for the priesthood. He returned to Ireland as a missionary after having a recurring dream in which the children of Ireland cried out to him, "Come and walk among us once more." Patrick saw Jesus present everywhere, and looked to nature to explain Christian beliefs about God. According to popular legend, Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and it has been associated with him and the Irish since that time. "The Breastplate" is a prayer attributed to Patrick. In it he invites Christ to be part of every aspect of his life. Saint Patrick's feast day is March 17. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")

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Young Patrick was kidnapped from England and sold as a slave in Ireland. How amazing that he eventually went back and worked successfully for Ireland’s conversion to Christianity! He truly practiced forgiveness. Do you have any place in your life where you need to practice forgiveness? (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


“Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. . . . May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.” -- Saint Patrick (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)