Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day

We often forget that today is a celebration, 
that is really about a Saint.
"When he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates 
from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland,
 looking after animals, where he lived for six years
 before escaping and returning to his family.
 After becoming a cleric,
 he returned to northern and western Ireland.
 In later life, he served as a bishop,
 but little is known about the places where he worked. 
By the seventh century, 
he had already come to be revered 
as the patron saint of Ireland." (Wikipedia)

The real St. Patrick may get a bit lost
 in the celebrations of the day.
Reading the connection of the green clover
 and the Trinity-
 helps us to pick out which of the symbols
 he would have used-  (three not four leaf clovers)

I visited Ireland in March 2000,
and kissed the Blarney Stone.
 One of my favorite places was Killarney-
serene and beautiful by the lake.
Thinking it is time to go back.

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