It is interesting then that this beloved patron saint of Ireland was not actually born there. He was born in Britain and taken as a captive to Ireland.
While in captivity, he grew in faith. He eventually fled back to Britain, but after he escaped captivity he felt a deep call to return to Ireland. He felt that he lacked the education necessary for missionary work. But eventually he decided to trust in God and return to Ireland. He spread the faith throughout Ireland, instructing and baptizing people wherever he went.
He is especially known for using the image of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.
Patron Saint of …
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, engineers, and paralegals.
Daily Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of St. Patrick, Bishop
- First Reading – 1 Peter 4:7b-11: “Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 96: “Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.”
- Gospel – Luke 5:1-11: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
Quotes and Social Media Graphics
The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.
God watched over me before I knew him, and before I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil, and he protected me, and consoled me as a father would his son.
“Christ with me,Christ before me, Christ behind me… ” St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a prayer for protection and guidance. Christ is always with us providing us strength and wisdom.
What does the mystery of the Trinity tell us? It tells us that God is relationship. In fact, God is such a perfect relationship in unity that God is truly one.