3/17/2012

Our Irish Eyes are Smilin!

It's our lucky day!
Mom likes St. Pat's day, maybe cause her name is Pat St.----
In Catholicism, St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of
Ireland and Engineers.

May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you!

~Jack O'Roo & Miss Molly Moo

and now for a bit of the history of the real St. Patrick....

Saint Patrick was born to Catholic parents about 385 in Britain. His father was a nobleman and a deacon. But Saint Patrick's privileged life came to an end at age 16 when he was captured by slave raiders from Ireland. With a large group of prisoners, Saint Patrick was transported to the then pagan island.

Sold as a slave to a king in the northeast, Saint Patrick had the lonely task of tending the pigs and sheep. In the midst of these harsh living conditions, Patrick's faith flourished as he turned to God in prayer.

After being held captive for six years, Saint Patrick heard a voice in his sleep say, "Soon you will go back to your homeland." A short time later, he heard the same voice say, "Your ship is ready."

Trusting in God, Saint Patrick set out on a 200-mile journey through unknown territory. When he arrived at the ship, the captain at first refused to take him. But Patrick prayed to God for help, and the captain changed his mind. Then began a lifetime of dedicating his life to becoming a priest. He envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the Irish about Christianity.

During his 30 years in Ireland, Saint Patrick founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. Yet he still encountered much opposition, "Daily I expect either murder, robbery, or enslavement," he wrote in his Confessions. He escaped from 12 attempts on his life. Saint Patrick died a natural death on March 17, 461.

By the end of the 7th century, many legends had developed about Saint Patrick. One, of course, says he charmed all the snakes in Ireland and led them to the sea to drown. Another, probably the most popular, is that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. This is probably why shamrocks, now Ireland's national flower, are worn by the Irish on St Patrick's Day.

13 comments:

Bassetmomma said...

Happy St. Patty's Day!

K-Koira said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! Its awesome to learn a bit more about the history of the holiday!

Macintosh Mitch said...

What a cool post! Happy St. Patrick's day, Jack and Moo!

Love ya lots,
Mitch

The Joke Puppy said...

Happy St. Pat's Day to you too, Moo & Jack. Hey,,,I'll bet that your Pat is a Saint too, isn't she ?
Have fun today, but also be sure to be safe.

Sam said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sam

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You both look very happy on this special day - hope you can get lots of treats with your pot of gold.

Happy St. Paddy's Day from all of us!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning of the O'OP Pack

RumpyDog! said...

Oh Dog! Happy St. Paddy's Day to ya!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day
Benny & Lily

Reba Messina said...

Happy to find you on the Saturday Blog Hop! Happy St. Patty's Day to 'ya!

T. Maxx said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!!

Cheers,
Maxx

The Army of Four said...

Great post, you guys! We loved learning more about St. Patrick!
Play bows,
Zim

Redberry Cottage said...

You took look great! Hope your St.Patricks Day was a good one.

Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

MademoiselleBlume said...

It's really nice to learn about St-Patrick's Day ! Thank you !!! We are from Switzerland, and I didn't know all that story... Thank you !!!