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      I don't know why there would want a Swedish Spiritualist to speak about a Irish Catholic Saint but I was asked to give a sermon on it and here is what I come up with...St. Patrick thru my eyes.. St Patrick
      St. Patrick was born in the UK, some say Scotland some England about 1500 years ago. As a teenager he was kidnapped by a Druid Priest from Ireland and he worked as his servant for 6 years. While living with the Druid he became familiar with the way of the Celts. It taught him of mysticisms and a respect for nature. Patrick was a vivid dreamer and he foretold many events of the future. He also heard voices. Those voices helped him to escape to a ship bound for the freedom of home back in the UK. He went on to Rome to study for the Priesthood. His visions continued and after becoming ordained it called him back to Ireland. He stated that the call back to Ireland had not come from God himself but from Irish people?s prayers. They wanted a deeper understanding of their connection to the world. He felt humbled and honored to speak of his new understanding and taught Christianity in a way that the Celts (Nature worshipers) could understand. For example he used a 3 leaf clover to explain the concept of Father ? Son ? Holy Spirit as being 3 aspects of the one God. He stated that as he shared his concept of God with the Celts he also learned and absorbed some of the understanding of God they shared. Preaching the Gospel to the mainstream Irish culture must not have been an easy task, but many of the Irish grew to love and respect Patrick. He came to be known as the Saint of the down trodden. Patrick taught not just Christianity but also literacy. When the Roman Empire crumbled, literacy was all but lost except for the monasteries of Patrick and his successors who carried it. Patrick was the first known Christian Minister to publically speak out against slavery. It wasn?t until the end of the 19th century that the Pope would condemn slavery. When I first studied about St. Patrick I read that he drove the snakes (meaning pagans) out of Ireland. I don?t believe that he had any intent like that. While I was in Ireland I spoke to modern Druids, they see St. Patrick as a great advocate of anyone living on the fringes of society, people that no one else wants anything to do with pray to St. Patrick for guidance. He was all for the empowerment of women unlike his contemporary St. Augustine. St. Patrick eagerly welcomed women, children and outcasts for baptizium. He is the first recorded male Christian minister since Jesus to speak well of women and not see them as evil temptations of the flesh who where bent on destroying Men. This is in alignment with the Divinity that the Celts felt for Women. His life was a Mystic journey of love and faith. His grave site is in Belfast and the Irish National Cathedral stands in his honor in Dublin and it is a peaceful meeting ground between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

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      Thanks Oney, That means alot to me...especially coming from a real, honest to goodness Irish Goddess (born and raised).
      I will let you know tomorrow if they liked it or not...seems like they always ask me to take the podium.....especially when it is about a subject that I have no clue at all about...must be I am PRIME FREE ENTERTAINMENT for this group...
      Well.......... wish me luck or break a leg ....what ever the Irish would say....LOL

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      Hi Evie,
      Wow Evie, that's fantastic, learnt a thing or two myself. I heard he was a welsh man myself but who knows. Personally I still like to think he drove the snakes out of Ireland.
      Good luck with it, I am sure it will go very well
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      Good post Evie. Thanks

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      Lovely read for a Sunday Evie. I wonder how Saint Patrick's Day has mutated into a drinking fest here in the States?

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      Preciouspinot;573059 wrote: I wonder how Saint Patrick's Day has mutated into a drinking fest here in the States?
      Same here in Canada! It is tradition to go out to the pubs and get drunk on Green beer and tequila shots. I have a couple of not so nice memories of that!

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      AINT PATRICK is the patron saint of Ireland. His feast day on 17 March is a religious, public and patriotic holiday in Ireland and is celebrated with flamboyance among the Irish diaspora abroad.
      Saint Patrick's life has been debated by historians and scholars who have reinterpreted the source material written by Tirech?n and Muirch? on Patrick. Patrick's own writings, Confession and Letter to Coroticus have also given historians much to wrestle with. There are conflicting academic theories to support the existence of one, three or five different Patricks and indeed one theory which claims there was no Patrick. Patrick's written confession has been extensively analysed by scholars seeking to identify the exact location of Patrick's birth, and to establish the social status of his parents.
      Patrick is presented as an irascible, argumentative egotist who cursed and struck people dead when they offended him. He is also presented as a relentess paragon who banished snakes from Ireland and persevered in bringing Christianity to pagan Ireland. At one point, three different places in Ireland competed as the burial place of the saint, with Saul, Downpatrick and Armagh all purporting evidence. Saul is now agreed as the burial place.
      With a plethora of myths and legends and relics, it would be easy to cynically dismiss Patrick as another Cuchalainn: a fantastic legend without any truth or proof. Fortunately, Patrick's own Confession provide a personal and emotional account of his life and achievement in Ireland. The words are Patrick's own and are much more reliable than the numerous reinterpretations and mistranslations. The Confession was written in Latin by Patrick a few years before his death. Reading the entire piece or even selecting extracts allows us insight into Patrick's own interpretation of his mission and life. His humility, resilience, sincerity and tenacity come alive when we read the Confession. Much has been written about Patrick's poor standard of Latin, but to concentrate on the use of grammar and syntax overlooks the honesty and impact of Patrick's moving words. He defines himself as an unworthy sinner who has faced death, ridicule and persecution, trusts entirely in God and rejoices in the life he has been given:
      Ego Patricius peccator rusticissimus et minimus omnium fidelium et contemptiibliis sum apud plurimos.

      I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful and utterly despised by many.
      Patrick was born about 385 on the west coast of Wales. By reading the Confession, we learn that Patrick's father Calpornius was a deacon. When he was sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland "with many thousands of people" by Irish pirates. He was sold as a slave and sent to tend sheep on a mountain for an Irish chieftain. Patrick recorded that "we deserved this fate because we had turned away from God; we neither kept his commandments nor obeyed our priests who used to warn us about our salvation".
      Six years as slave shepherd changed the carefree boy into a deeply religious man who possessed a steadfast faith in God. Patrick wrote that he used to pray often during the day and night. His love of God and reverence for God grew stronger.
      After six years, in response to a voice Patrick heard in his sleep, he escaped from bondage and after a journey of 200 miles, he got onto a boat and made his way to France. When he later returned to Britain, Patrick's family were overjoyed that he was alive and wanted him to promise that he would never leave them again.
      He had a dream in which he described the moment of vocation:
      " One night I saw a vision of a man called Victor. who appeared to have come from Ireland with an unlimited number of letters. He gave me one of them and I read the opening words which were - 'The voice of the Irish'. As I read the beginning of the letter I seemed at the same moment to hear the voice of those who were by the wood of Voclut which is near the Western Sea. They shouted with one voice- 'We ask you, boy, come and walk once more among us'. I was broken-hearted and could read no more, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave to them according to their cry".
      Patrick interpreted the dream as a call from God to become a missionary to the pagan Irish. The efforts of Patrick's parents to induce him to stay in Britain were unsucessful.
      To prepare for the Irish mission Patrick left Britain and went to France. Most of this period or preparation was spent at Auxerre (about 100 miles from Paris) where he was ordained deacon about 417, and continued his training under the guidance of Saint Germanus of Auxerre. In 429 Pope Celestine I sent Saint Germanus to Britain to deal with a heresy problem. While in Britain, Germanus discussed the possibility of a mission to Ireland. Patrick, whose desire to go to Ireland was well known, was mentioned as a suitable man to put in charge of it. Patrick was opposed and in 431 a deacon called Palladius was consecrated bishop and commissioned to go to Ireland. Palladius went to Ireland and began his missionary work but he died within one year. Patrick was consecrated bishop in 432 and went to Ireland. Patrick does not go into detail about his work in Ireland. Indeed he says "it would be tedious to give a detailed account of all my labours or even part of them". It is clear he met with many different hardships in Ireland. He thanked God who rescued him twelve times when his life was in danger, and goes on to say: "I came to the Irish heathens to preach the Good News and to put up with insults from unbelievers; I heard my mission abused, I endured many persecutions even to the extent of chains; I gave up my free born status for the good of others". He acknowledged that he was very much in debt to God who gave him so much grace that through him many people were born again in God and afterwards confirmed, and that priests were ordained for them everywhere. Patrick concluded his Confession with a prayer for perserverance:
      "I ask God for perserverance, to grant that I remain a faithful witness to him until my passing from this life... I pray those who believe and fear God, whosoever deigns to look at or receive this writing which Patrick, a sinner, unlearned has composed in Ireland, that no one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it be thought that - as is the perfect truth - it was the gift of God".


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      Happy St. Patrick's Day ! IAD (on Tuesday)

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      IAD, My talk went well last night but I wish I had you along with me. We could have been a REAL HIT if I had used your visuals ...
      Can I call on you next time ???? Together we could keep em laughing, don't you think ????.......LOL

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      Sure Evie....anytime. Ha! IAD

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