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
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.
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.
Christ be beside me, Christ be before
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!)
We wear the shamrock
That were imparted
To the shamrock by St. Patrick,
Plant’s tri-part leaves
To the Holy Trinity:
Son and Host Spirit.
Shamrocks are found
These are so rare
To be very lucky
So I must go to have a look
Maybe I’ll get lucky
But I am lucky
I am Irish
We also wear our Flag
Of green white
We are a proud people
We like to celebrate
Our Saints Feast
With love of our country
And a great spirit of
And be merry
That’s away from home
In a light
Have a green Gunness
Put on a green smile
Or walk a green
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
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