Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

Feast Day: March 17


Irish raiders kidnapped Patrick from his family’s estate when he was only a boy, smuggling him across the ocean. In the northern part of Ireland, Patrick was forced into slavery for six years. To make matters worse for the young lad, his humiliation of being a slave was compounded by his previously affluent position in society. Denied the education he would have been entitled too, Patrick spoke his native language poorly, having to adopt the language of his captors. Constantly exposed to the harsh climate, alienated, hungry, and alone, Patrick turned to God. It was through prayer that young Patrick found relief and comfort. Eventually he even decided that his captivity was a blessing, because it had brought him the joy of God. After committing his life to prayer he had a dream in which he was told, “Soon you will go back to your own country…see, your ship is ready.” Patrick escaped captivity, hiking almost 200 miles to the coast, where he found a ship preparing to set sail to his homeland. His journey as a saint had begun

 

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