by Kyle from Mankato
Quote: from the "Breastplate of St. Patrick"; Christ shield me this day: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every person who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the hear that hears me.
-St. Patrick, Bishop. Though the exact year is not known, his estimated lifetime was (389-461?)
-At age 16 he was captured and sold as a slave where he worked and was mistreated
-He was born somewhere in the U.K. but the area is unknown
-Later in his life he returned to Britain around age 22
-Following the ways of Christ, he began preaching and proclaiming the "good news" to the Irish and did mission work all over surrounding areas
-Many of the areas were pagan and did not welcome him
-It is said that he drove the snakes out of the Ireland
Details surrounding facts and the life of St. Patrick are uncertain. St. Patrick is said to be born in Dunbarton, Cumberland or Scotland, though it is hard to be sure. St. Patrick, however, called himself a Roman and a Briton. After being captured and put into slavery he returned to Britain at age 22. That is when much of his conversion and motivation came to him.
With these new thoughts of God, St. Patrick acted on them. St. Patrick had a vision that seemed "all the children of Ireland from their mothers' wombs, were stretching out their hands" to him (God). He took this to heart and went to Ireland to preach and give people a shot at Christianity and a rebirth in their life.
The preaching added up and he converted many people while putting his life at risk. He helped bring Christianity to the area. In the next millennium, however, the protestant reformation took over much of the area. St. Patrick truly was a Saint and did the work of Jesus Christ.
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