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Spotlight: Who is Saint Patrick?
Spotlight: Who is Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick is one of the strongest examples in life that it is not what you start out life as, as determining where you end up. As a religious figure Staint Patrick is widely respected by Christian believers. He was born in Britain. He is more closely attributed to Ireland, where he past away. He was an atheist as a child and as he matured, so did his religious beliefs. He went on to preach moral values and spirituality, becoming very popular in Ireland.

The Shamrock is a symbol of the holiday, mostly because the three leaf clover of spring is used to preach the importance of the Holy Trinity, how according the believers that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are sourced of one entity.

The Saint’s autobiographical work titled “Confessio” has been a source of inspiration for many.

Childhood & Early Life

  • Patrick was born in Great Britain to Calphernius and his wife Conchessa. He belonged to an orthodox family, which ardently followed Christianity. While his grandfather worked as a priest, the young lad’s father worked as a Deacon.
  • It’s believed that Patrick was an atheist during his younger days. However, an incident which occurred during his teens changed his opinion on the existence of god completely.
  • The teenager was apparently kidnapped by a few pirates of Irish origin when he was hardly 16 years old, and detained him in their country for a period of six years. Patrick had once stated that it was the mercy of almighty that helped him survive through those tough days.

Later Life

  • After being arrested for six years, Patrick managed to reach the Irish shore and convinced the captain of the ship to help him reach his mother land. He finally reached his folks settled in Britain after braving starvation for days. The young man then converted to Christianity.
  • Patrick had once mentioned that an individual named Victoricus had once appeared in his dream. The latter requested the young man to visit Ireland and even handed him six letters.
  • According to a popular Irish legend, the missionary had executed all the snakes in Ireland. One such reptile had apparently disturbed Patrick during his fast which angered the spiritual leader and provoked the man to confine them to the sea.
  • Another popular belief is that the missionary was often seen with a walking stick, which he once cemented at a spot in Aspatria, Ireland. It is said that the stick later grew into a tree.

Major Works

  • According to legends, it was Patrick who had enlightened Irish citizens about the ‘Holy Trinity’. He drew a comparison between the ‘Shamrock’, a set of three clover leaves and the thought of three individuals existing in a single entity titled god. The three-leaf symbol is respected even till date.

Personal Life & Legacy

  • The saint is known for writing an autobiography titled ‘Confessio’, which continues to be a very popular book even today.
  • This missionary passed away in the Saul county, located in Ireland and was later buried at the same place.

Sources: Saint Patrick. The Famous People website. 2017. Available at://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/saint-patrick-6193.php. Accessed Mar 11, 2017.

Illustration, Brian Luke, using software available online.

St Patrick Image: Bing



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