How Patrick Became A Saint

Christianization

noun: the conversion of individuals to Christianity or the conversion of entire groups at once

Patrick was born into a religious family where his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest.  As a teenager, of course he decided to be a non-believer.

When Patrick was sixteen he was enslaved in Ireland by pirates, who had kidnapped him from his home in Great Britain.  He remained in Ireland for six years, ironically working as a shepard.  There he strengthened his relationship with God. He did eventually escape and had many adventures in transit returning to his family.

Patrick studied to become a cleric in France.  He returned to Ireland as a missionary and became a bishop.  He is known for Christianizing the island of Ireland. He baptized thousands and converted the wealthy, ministered to sons of Kings, and ordained many priests.

He is also known for using the shamrock, Ireland’s national symbol, to illustrate the Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit as One.

March 17th is the anniversary of his death.

The name Patrick means nobleman.

Enjoy the green today. It symbolizes eternal life and rebirth.

“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”

Saint Patrick

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