Like most holidays celebrated in the United States today, St. Patrick’s Day has become thoroughly commercialized with many Americans knowing little about the day other than its loose associations with Irish culture.
The true story of St. Patrick, a man who helped to bring Christianity to a thoroughly pagan Ireland, is truly remarkable and worth celebrating. His life shows how one person can make a difference and that a culture steeped in darkness can be brought into the light.
Born in Roman Britain sometime during the 4th or 5th century A.D. (estimates vary), Patrick, also known as Maewyn Succat, was kidnapped and brought to Ireland after his village was sacked by Irish raiders when he was just 16.
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“My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple
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