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!)
Tim Maher and Marian Quinlan Curtin outside Templemore Town Hall Easter Sunday morning 2014 reading her poem Island Today
As I laid my head on my pillow
With a big eiderdown
At my feet
Lying there cosy and warm
Hoping to sleep until morn.
And as I lay there in slumber
A dream appeared in my head
I was somewhere in Dublin
I was outside Kilmainham Jail instead.
I turned to the person beside me
He had a newspaper in his hand
I glanced at the date on the paper
It was dated May 12th 1916
The headline on the paper
Gave the names of the men
Executed For Ireland
The names were as
P.H Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, Thomas J. Clarke. May 3rd 1916
Willie Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, Edward Daly, and Michael Hanrahan, May 4th
John MacBride, May 5th 1916
Cornelius Colbert, Eamonn Ceannt, Michael Mallin and Sean Heuston, May 8th
Thomas Kent, May 9th 1916
James Connolly and Seán MacDiarmada, May 12th 1916
Is the beauty in
Or is the victory in death.
Then I saw a boy at the corner
Reading a sheet in his hand and the first two lines I was glancing were
familiar in my mind,
It read IRISHMEN and IRISHWOMEN
In the name of God and of the dead generations
In my unconscious mind
It was the words of Our Proclamation
I awoke And then
I thought I was not born
I did not live
Back in nineteen sixteen
But those brave women and men
Gave me my freedom of speech
My right to say
What I want
For my Island today.
Written on Friday, May 23, 2008
Marian Quinlan Curtin ©
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