Today is the feast of
Saint Patrick. He died in 461. His grave is on the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Ireland.
He was a missionary to Ireland. Many churches are named after him.
He not only brought Christianity to Ireland, he also brought advanced Roman
technology. Saint Patrick is the patron Saint of Engineers. He introduced the
use of mortar in the building of churches and arches. He worked to improve
people's physical as well as their spiritual lives. Missionaries today do the same.
They build schools and hospitals to improve the lives of the people they work with.
When we see the three leaves of the shamrock, we should remember how Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Irish people.
Saint Patrick, Patron of Ireland, Patron of Engineers, pray for us.