Saint Patrick’s Day is one of those strange holidays we mark without truly understanding the meaning behind it. Culture largely celebrates with alcohol and green. But there is a story of a man that God used greatly to draw a people to Himself. It is a story of inhumanity being turned toward salvation. It is a story of courage to face your fears. It is a story of obedience to calling. It is a story of leadership. It is a story we need to contemplate today.
I don’t usually do this-but for this post I will link to another web site for telling this story (biography.com). I will get you started. Follow the link and finish the story. You will be encouraged.
St Patrick was a Christian missionary. Two authentic letters from him survive, the only universally accepted details of his life. When he was 16, he was captured in Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland. He escaped, returned home and became a bishop. He later returned to Ireland, but little else is known. By the seventh century, he was credited as the patron saint of Ireland.
Here is the link for the rest of the story.