of me dislikes St Patrick’s Day. I fear it has been taken over by a cultural
celebration with no reference to the spiritual or the faith side of the
saint. We’ll see all sorts of funny St
Patricks - a cultural pageant, often
lovely in itself. But we have forgotten
the meaning and kept the man. He would
hardly recognize his feast himself.
understand Patrick, we must see the place Christ had in his life. Saint Patrick looked to the Christ of the Gospels
for his inspiration. As a young boy he was
imprisoned on Slemish mountain, away from home, like many of our people
in the past and our foreign people today.
In prayer to Christ he felt secure and strong. His Confessions reveals how that security and strength came from a
Christ centered spirituality.
our young people Patrick has a message - you can get to know Christ when you
are young. He is the friend of young and
old. Religion is not something just for
old age and when death is around. You
can have big dreams and they can involve a big world, willing to give what you
are and who you are for God. He is the
original youthful pilgrim - his ‘camino’ of Ireland brings us from Mayo to
Slane to Tara to Donegal and the little holy wells of Patrick all over the
country. His pilgrimage brings us into
the life of the people and the life of God
Christ be with us!
Christ be before us!
Christ be in us,
be over all!
your Grace, Lord,
day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
Donal Neary SJ.