I love being Irish!!! And I love that we have day where we all celebrate the legendary St. Patrick and Ireland, the country of which he is the patron saint. We dress in green, we listen to Celtic Woman, we pretend we like corned beef and cabbage. It’s all a bunch of fun. I won’t say it’s accurate but it is an opportunity for those of us who actually are Irish to celebrate our heritage and for Catholics to celebrate a legendary saint. That being said…sometimes people move away from celebrating a saint or a a culture and wind up secularizing the whole thing. St. Patrick’s Day is not about getting drunk or seeing how much green you can wear at one time (though that last could be rather fun).
St. Patrick is credited with converting the people of Ireland to Catholicism. He is said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland as well. For his bio check out this link.
Ah, Ireland. If I ever travel abroad, I want to make sure I see it. I think this vintage travel poster I found on Pinterest pretty much sums it up:
How Google is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day:
Now, something non-St. Patrick’s Day related. I nearly died. Stupid me. I was crossing the road and cars were coming from the left. It was just after Mass and there was plenty of people leaving. There was a small break in traffic so I ran across the road. However, unbeknownst to me, a car was coming from the right. I heard it honk and stopped short whipping my head around to see blue. I was inches away from a bright blue sedan. I survived. Thank you guardian angel!
I know last week I promised a post on chivalry. Obviously that didn’t happen. I’d like to say for certain I’ll get it up this week but honestly I’m not making any promises. It will take a bit to write this one.
Lastly, let me leave you with a slightly more religious St. Patrick’s Day take:
~The Irish Blessing~
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May the Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand
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