Happy St. Patrick's Day! This day is special for me since my great-great-grandmother was from Ireland and my grandma, Esther, went home to be with Jesus on St. Patrick's Day, 14 years ago. But it has also become special to me since I have learned the incredible story of St. Patrick!
Below is the story of St. Patrick:
This story was found at the website: http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/1Kids/StPatrick.html
After St. Patrick died, Ireland was used greatly by God to keep Christianity alive in Europe during the Middle/Dark Ages. At a time when there was much corruption in the Church in Europe and when very few people knew how to read so that it was difficult to spread the Gospel, the Irish/Celtic Church sent out many missionaries and helped preserve the Christian religion through its monasteries. This early celtic Church flourished with many monks and priests leaving Ireland to begin missions in Europe. In the first two hundred and fifty years after Patrick's death, around five hundred Irish saints were recognized. These missionaries established monasteries in Scotland, England, Switzerland, France, Germany and as far south as Italy.
We have much to be grateful for in the lasting Christian heritage and legacy of Patrick and Ireland!