What do you know, or think you know, about the real St. Patrick?
St. Patrick's feast day is coming up in just a few short weeks. There's still time to pick up a copy of one of two great DVDs made about the life and work of the saint who evangelized Ireland.
The first film, entitled St. Patrick: The Irish Legend , is the first ever feature film made on the life of the great saint and was filmed on location in Ireland.
The second film, St. Patrick: Apostle of Ireland, is a fascinating documentary film which gets right to the heart of the man behind all the myths.
Here's a very brief biography of St. Patrick and his legacy:
St. Patrick, a British Celt, is said to have been born Maewyn Succat in Scotland around the year 390. He was kidnapped as a youth and taken to Ireland as a slave. He worked in the mountains as a shepherd and spent much of his time in prayer. After 6 years there, he received a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain, and so Patrick escaped and made his return. He studied in several monasteries, eventually becoming a bishop. He was then sent by Pope Celestine to evangelize parts of Britain and then Ireland. St. Odran was his chariot driver and St. Jarlath one of his spiritual students. Over the course of 33 years, Patrick converted much of Ireland, and Ireland eventually became known as the Land of Saints. During the so-called dark ages Ireland's monasteries were considered the great repositories of learning in Europe.
St. Patrick didn't leave behind much in written form, but what little he did leave us is collected in an interesting little book called The Confession of St. Patrick.
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An old Irish blessing: May the road rise up to meet, you the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.