It wasn’t until we started homeschooling that I learned the marvelous testimony of St. Patrick and why he’s celebrated. Turns out it’s not because he turned beer green. In his sixteenth year, he was kidnapped, taken to Ireland, and sold into slavery. After six years, he heard God call him to flee, which he did. After several days of wandering, he called down from a cliff to a boat at sea, who agreed to take him aboard, despite being famished themselves, and just happened to be sailing back to Patrick’s Britain. After returning to Britain, Patrick had a vision of an angel or saint relaying the cries of the lost pagan Irish. Patrick returned and spent the rest of his life, a difficult life, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the very people who had enslaved him. A life well lived.
It’s not often we have a holiday for someone just because he was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ!