Thursday, March 17, 2011
THE SCOOP ON ST. PATRICK
17 March 493 or c 460
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Glastonbury Abbey; Armagh Feast
17 March (Saint Patrick's Day)
Ireland, Nigeria, Montserrat, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Boston, Loíza, Murcia (Spain), engineers, paralegals, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, invoked against snakes, sins, witchcraft
Over the past 24 hours, Web searches for "st. patrick" and "who was st. patrick" have both tripled. Add to that the related searches on "was st. patrick really irish" and "did st. patrick get rid of all the snakes in ireland." Here now are some quick answers to those questions and more.
Was St. Patrick Irish? According to History.com
St. Patrick was actually born in Britain. At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and transported across the sea to Ireland. After spending six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, traveled back to Britain, and trained to become a priest. Once his training was complete, he returned to Ireland "to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish."
Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes? Sorry, but no. It is true that there are no snakes in Ireland these days, but there never were any.
Did Patrick use clovers while preaching? Legend says that he did. Catholic.org writes that Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the locals. However, other sites call this story just a myth. And, by the way, a bit of trivia regarding four leaf clovers. They are indeed rare, but they aren't exactly one in a million. It is estimated that there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf ones.
Patrick's lasting legacyAccording to author Thomas Cahill, Patrick may have been the first person in recorded history to speak out against slavery. In an interview with American Catholic, Cahill remarks: "The papacy did not condemn slavery as immoral until the end of the 19th century, but here is Patrick in the fifth century seeing it for what it is. I think that shows enormous insight and courage and a tremendous 'fellow feeling'—the ability to suffer with other people, and to understand what other people's suffering is like."
by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! Buzz Log
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As a researcher on the subject of slavery, I find it very interesting that St. Patrick is believed to have spoken out against slavery so very very long ago. ;-D
Sincerely, Reverend Seann