Reflection March 17

         Thomas Cahill in his book, “How the Irish Saved Civilization” writes that Patrick “was a good 
and brave man…his love for his adopted people shines thru his writings.” Using the shamrock to teach about the Trinity may be a legend but he certainly taught them that all of creation is good and holy. There is no dualism with the human separated from the Divine.  This fit the Irish perfectly as their ancient spirituality had a great love and respect for nature. The trees, wells and rivers were sacred places. The Celts believed that certain places where people feel strongly connected to God are called “thin places”, where two worlds are near.  The beauty of Ireland makes it easy to recognize God’s presence and  many “thin places”. Patrick built on the old beliefs, the calendar, the sacred places, the belief in life after death and Christianized them.

   Patrick wrote with appreciation and concern for Irish women.  He worried especially about those enslaved.  Cahill notes that Patrick was the first recorded voice speaking out against slavery. Patrick admired the courage of the Irish but  led them away from violence and human sacrifice. He preached of a God whose Son died for us all so there was no longer a need for bloody sacrifice. Patrick’s missionaries spread the faith over the entire island. When he died there were bishops in all the provinces. According to tradition he is buried at Downpatrick, in County Down.

             Here are the words to one verse of the “Deer’s Cry” or the Breastplate of St. Patrick. The tune is the air, “Morning Has Broken”  and sung in many churches for St. Patrick’s Day.
     Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,                                                                                   
    Christ be behind me, King of my heart.
    Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
    Christ be above me, never to part. 
    Beannachtai Phadráig daoibh ! (May the blessing of Patrick be on you!)

  Le meas,

          Anne Emperor, Taoiseach


Every year
We wear the shamrock
With pride
Because of
The well-known meanings
That were imparted
To the shamrock by St. Patrick,
Who compared the
Plant’s tri-part leaves
To the Holy Trinity:
The Father, Son and Host Spirit.

Shamrocks are found
With four leaves.
These are so rare
And considered
To be very lucky
For the finder
So I must go to have a look
Maybe I’ll get lucky
But I am lucky already
I am Irish

We also wear our Flag
Of green white
And gold
We are a proud people
We like to celebrate
Our Saints Feast day
With love of our country
And culture
And a great spirit of joy
And be merry
For everyone
That’s away from home
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
Bands play
Children dance
Flags flutter
In a light wind
Have a green Gunness
Put on a green smile
Or walk a green mile
After all
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day

Marian Quinlan Curtin©

    11th March 2014 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to everyone at home and overseas.

Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig do gach duine sa bhaile agus thar lear.

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