Saints according to the Christian religion are considered as holy and sacred being that are supposedly chosen by God. To many, they are considered as the good people in the society that offer peace, comfort, and guidance to those that are helpless.
St. Patrick is considered as the patron saint of Ireland. He is believed to have introduced Christian religion in Ireland. Many myths about St. Patrick have emerged after his death on his origin and how he led his life. So who exactly is St. Patrick?
Historical facts about St. Patrick
– He was born in Britain around AD 387 named Maewyn Succat. Much of his teenage life he lived as an atheist.
– Around the age of 16, he was taken captive by Irish marauders that attacked his village. He was later sold to his master a chief to work as a slave. It was during all these struggles that he developed a passion for the Christian religion
– From his letters, he narrates that on one night in his sleep he had a voice that compelled him to leave his master. He then made his way to the coast of Ireland on a ship and back home to his family.
– He joined the local monastery and stayed there for 12 years adopting his name Patrick, where he narrates in his letters that he had a calling to convert the atheists to Christians.
– He returned to Ireland after being appointed a bishop.
St. Patrick works
– After his return to Ireland St. Patrick devoted his life to promoting Christianity in this region that was dominated by atheists.
– He traveled through Ireland establishing churches, monastery, and schools throughout the island. It is from this institution that he taught people the way of Christ and over the years many atheists converted and even joined him in his mission.
– After he accomplished much of what he needed, he retired and died on March 17th AD461. It wasn’t until the 12 century when the canonization process was conducted.
– He was declared saint by acclamation and same was approved by local bishop soon after his death.
Saint Patrick’s Day was originally a Catholic holiday but over the years it has evolved into a secular holiday that is celebrated by many religions and even atheists.