Today we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day. This year, probably for the first time, I actually researched the origin of this special holiday. What I discovered was that up until this year I have been celebrating the wrong thing.
I have always worn green, ate the "right" foods, looked for a four leaf clover, and thought a Leprechoun was somehow involved in the whole process. Boy was I way off!
The holiday is actually a celebration of the life of Saint Patrick. He was born and raised in Roman Britain. As a teenager he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved in Ireland. He escaped but returned to the country after converting to Christianity and becoming a priest. His calling was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Irish. He built schools and monasteries. He was belittled in the country but continued his mission. He used the shamrock to teach the people about the Holy Trinity.
It gave baking my shamrock cookies a whole new meaning today. I gave some to friends and told them of the things I had learned. They were also surprised to find out the true meaning of the holiday.
I suppose that like many holidays things become commercialized and the true significance of the day is lost. I am glad that I took the time to get my "facts straight" about this special day.
Gracie and I want to wish all of you a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! We both still wore green and ate the "right" foods but now we know that today is about celebrating a Saint who sacrificed so much to spread the Gospel. Blessings!