Happy Saint Patricks Day~~~Susie Austin

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

traditional Gaelic blessing

The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385.   When he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became close to God.

His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity.  He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries. He also set up schools and churches which would help him in his conversion of the Irish to Christianity.

His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

 One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more believable Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.   

Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of green and drinking beer. One reason St. Patrick’s Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. Some say it has become the first green of spring.

Since I am part Irish I would like to think I maybe have a little luck of the Irish. 🙂

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket today.

I wish to extend to everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day, may the wind always be at your back and remember, God always has you in the palm of his hand.

 Susie Austin 

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~ by coachsusie on March 17, 2008.

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