What do you think of when you think of St. Patrick's Day? The color green, shamrocks, leprechauns, beer, Ireland…perhaps green mashed potatoes?
Well, the true story behind this day is truly something to be celebrated.
Saint Patrick's Day is near and dear to my heart, since my father immigrated from Ireland when he was in his 20's and most of his family still lives near Dublin. I was fortunate enough to see Ireland a few times in my now distant youth – and it is still with great fondness that I remember those trips.
The best commentary that I have read on Patrick's life was done by one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Chuck Colson. I really felt that letting this day go by without sharing this with you would be a grave mistake:
Most people know the name of St. Patrick, but few know anything about him, and what they do know is simply not accurate. He did not, for example, teach the doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish using the shamrock—at least as far as we know. He did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. And he probably didn't best the druids of the high king of Ireland at Tara. For that matter, Patrick wasn't even Irish!
Colson goes on to in his article to share the truth about Saint Patrick's life in detail that you most likely have never read. He then spurs us on to a thoughtful celebration of his life.
Now, I don't think that there is anything wrong with having some frivolity on Saint Patrick's, like making a batch of my Saint Patrick's Day Dairy-Free Fudge, but I think it would be great to make the foundation of your celebration a reading of Colson's piece on Patrick.Photo credit