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March 17, 2017
Patrick was a man of prayer, an exile, a refugee; a justice seeker and a creative teacher.
His legacy to us today is his spirit of prayer, his missionary methods and his readiness to speak and act for justice.
Many legends have sprung up around the story of St Patrick. The truth about him can be found in his own life story called His Confessions.
Patrick was one of many who was captured and brought to Ireland and sold as a slave. He says that it was here in exile and in loneliness that he came to know God, to have conversations with God, to trust in God and in God’s love and protection. (Confessions)
After 6 years of slavery he escaped, went home and studied. He says he could constantly hear the voice of the Irish calling him back. Eventually he was ordained a priest and came back to Ireland as a missionary in 432 AD.
His mission in Ireland was far from easy as he preached the Gospel and spoke out against injustice.
He spoke out with very strong language against slavery. His courage and example can encourage us to speak out today against human trafficking.
He preached and practised justice to all especially the poor, the down trodden and the persecuted. He had great respect for women.
Anne Boland rsj