Tá lá Fhéile Pádraig anseo (St.Patricks day is here). Yes it’s the best, arguably, feast day that the Catholic Church has. I’m not going lie though, society has it all wrong. It’s not about the drinking, the parties, or the parades. Really it’s about the saint himself and how he evangelized Ireland.
So before you hit up the pub tonight or while you’re sporting your shamrock shaped glasses, think about what this actually about. Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick:
- Born in 387
- Died in 461
- Was insulated by druids and celts as a teenager, escaped in his 20’s, came back and evangelized them all.
- He has never actually been canonized by a pope, simply recognized a saint.
- Not just a Saint in the Roman Church but also the Orthodox Church.
This is one of my favorite holidays, not because of the parties ( I never get invited/ go to those anyway.) But simply because of my heritage. My family comes from Ireland, and unlike 89% of the population that claim Irish ancestry on St. Patricks day, I’m Irish the other 364 days of the year as well. The Family name being Cianachta, or Race of Cian, which translates as Family of Carroll.
Enjoy the day and be safe.
An Irish Blessing:
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.