Monday's Message of Hope

St. Patrick, Apostle to Ireland!
Monday, March 14, 2022 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

This week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so I thought it only fitting that I write something about this dear saint. Unfortunately, little remains of his writings, and the prayers that are usually attributed to him don’t come from any historical basis. However, I have a small book, The Legacy of Saint Patrick: As found in his own writings, that contains a summary of his writings, and I want to share some of them with you.

First, a little background. Patrick was born in Roman Britain around 385 to Calpornius and Concessa. A rather unruly youth, his life changed forever when pirates abducted him around 401 and transported him to Ireland. Sold to a king in the northeast portion of the country, he tended his master’s herd of swine. Like David, the shepherd/king of centuries earlier, Patrick sought God in prayer.

After six years, Patrick escaped and returned to his homeland, a completely different man. While serving God and knowing he was called to return to Ireland, he humbled himself to the ecclesiastical authorities. After trials of humiliation and betrayal, he finally returned to the country that once held him captive in order to share the gospel. He received numerous visions and dreams from the Lord that encouraged him throughout his sojourn on the island nation.

According to his writings, Patrick would have preferred martyrdom, but that was not to be. He died around 460, beloved of the people and in a country that had become almost completely Christian because of his faithfulness to the call of God on his life.

Below is an excerpt from his Confession that I thought would bless and encourage you on your own journey with our Lord:

“Now after I came to Ireland I herded flocks; and often during the day I prayed. The love of God and the fear of Him increased more and more, and my faith grew, and my spirit was stirred up, so that in a single day I said as many as a hundred prayers, and at night nearly as many, even when I was out in the woods and on the mountain. Before the dawn I used to arouse myself to prayer in snow an frost and rain; and I minded no pain, nor was there any sluggishness in me, as now I feel, because the sprit was fervent within me.”

This St. Patrick’s Day, I pray that you will honor the real Patrick, holy man of God who turned many from darkness to follow the Son of the Living God.

Blessings,

Penelope Kaye

 

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Jodi Gardner From Billings At 3/15/2022 8:39:53 PM

Beautiful!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Blessings to you, Jodi! Have a lovely day! Penelope Kaye

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