By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 17, 2019
St. Patrick, celebrated Sunday with oceans of green beer and a mountain of lively shamrock attire, is Ireland’s patron saint. He used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and is said to have driven the snakes from the land.
“After I arrived in Ireland, I tended sheep every day, and I prayed frequently during the day,” he wrote. “More and more the love of God increased and my sense of awe before God. Faith grew, and my spirit was moved, so that in one day I would pray up to one hundred times, and at night perhaps the same. I even remained in the woods and on the mountain, and I would rise to pray before dawn in snow and ice and rain. I never felt the worse for it, and I never felt lazy – as I realize now, the spirit was burning in me at that time.”
He did make it back to England, but he returned to the Emerald Isle of his own volition. He is said to have introduced Christianity to Ireland, starting about A.D. 450.