Thought For The Day 03/17/14


Saint Patrick


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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. 

Irish Blessing


Who was this man by the name of Patrick, whose day most of us have heard of, many of us celebrate, but few of us really know? Well, he was a man of high standing, born into a Roman family around 385 in England. And while we recognize him because of his ties to the Roman Catholic faith, he was raised with little religion or even education, as he himself wrote in his “Confessio” in the early 440’s…. “I blush and fear exceedingly to reveal my lack of education.” Then when he was 16, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates, brought to Ireland and sold into slavery to a high priest of Druidism. However, it was this turn in events that allowed his Christianity to develop and to grow. You see, Patrick knew that his mission would be to escape, and to free the Irish from Druidism by converting them to Christianity.



In fulfillment of a dream he had, Patrick talked some sailors into letting him board their ship which was then abandoned in france. Wandering and lost, he traveled 200 miles in 28 days and was reunited with his family in England. But Patrick returned to France and entered the priesthood under the guidance of St Germain. And in 431, Pope St Celeste consecrated Patrick as Bishop of the Irish.


Overcoming great hostility, Fr Patrick spread Christianity far and wide throughout the country, as he convinced the pagan masses that to convert would guarantee they would be people of the Lord and the sons of God. He created councils, founded monasteries, elected Church officials and organized Ireland into dioceses. It is said that he became associated with the shamrock, because he used this local Irish plant in his teaching of the Holy Trinity….each of the three, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, represented in a leaf of the plant.


There is a tale that is even considered by some to be a miracle, that is associated with St Patrick. It is the tale that he drove the snakes from Ireland, driving them into the sea. However, this is more a metaphor to his conversion of the pagan people. The snake really refers to the driving out of Paganism from the Emerald Isle.


St Patrick died around 461 and it is said that he was buried in Ulster, Ireland, and while he was never canonized by papal decree, he was included in the list of Saints and was declared a Saint in Heaven by many Catholic Churches, as well as being venerated by the Orthodox Catholic Church. And it is his day every March 17th, occurring during the Lenten season, that millions celebrate today with “wearing of the green”, shamrocks, parades, church services and feasts of cabbage and “Irish bacon”, or corned beef.


And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

 Matthew 28:18-20 RSV 


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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