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Many people think of St Patrick’s Day and images of leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows come to mind. And those are certainly fun, don’t get me wrong. But, there’s so much more to the patron saint of Ireland than meets the eye — or has been related through modern American pop culture.
Our family has a book called, St Patrick, Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It is a fascinating read. We’ve read it together as a family many times. It’s a poignant tale of a young boy’s turning to God and the joy he found in Christ and how he shared that joy with the Celts.
I think one reason we become disenchanted with holidays is that we forget the reasons behind the celebration. And like the game of telephone, the message gets tweaked as it gets passed on. March 17th isn’t about green beer and corned beef. (The Irish don’t even eat corned beef!)
Let’s redeem the days! When holidays roll around, let’s do the fun craft or make the cute cupcake, but let’s also remember what a fantastic opportunity we have to solidify the meaning behind the holiday in our children’s minds. Tell the story of the shamrock and make these cute cupcakes from Family Fun. Prepare a typical Irish Stew and then talk about the boy who sat on the hillside watching the sheep, thinking about who he was in light of a great, amazing God,
And he watched over me before I knew him, and before I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil, and he protected me, and consoled me as a father would his son.
Therefore, indeed, I cannot keep silent, nor would it be proper, so many favours and graces has the Lord deigned to bestow on me in the land of my captivity. For after chastisement from God, and recognizing him, our way to repay him is to exalt him and confess his wonders before every nation under heaven. – The Confession of St Patrick