Categories: HomiliesPublished On: March 17th, 2023Tags: , 324 words9.8 min read
St. Patrick

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St. Patrick

Because it is Lent, I have not included many saints. Today is St. Patrick and Bishop has granted dispensation so that you have your corned beef hash and Mulligan stew. With that in mind I offer you this writing from St. Patrick to reflect upon.

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for Christ’s name.

I want to spend myself for that country, even in death, if the Lord should grant me this favor. It is among that people that I want to wait for the promise made by him, who assuredly never tells a lie. He makes this promise in the Gospel: “They shall come from the east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This is our faith: believers are to come from the whole world. – from the Confession of Saint Patrick

Christ shield me this day:
Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ beside me
Christ to win me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ to comfort me and restore me,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me
– Saint Patrick, from his breast-plate

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen