Saint Patrick

Jim Daly
March 16, 2017

Tomorrow is the feast of Saint Patrick. He was born in Scotland, in the year 387. His father was a Roman official. He died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, March 17, 461. His grave is on the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Ireland. He was sixteen when he was captured by Irish marauders and sold to an Irish chieftan named Milchu. For six years he tended Milchu's flocks. Milchu was a druidical high priest. During his six years in captivity Patrick became fluent in the Celtic language and learned the details of Druidism. He escaped and returned to Britain. He studied under Saint Germain and became a Priest. The Pope sent him 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.