The flag you stand under whilst hoisting a glass of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day has about the same likelihood of being green as the beer in your glass has of originating from the River Liffey. This is certain and yet our pride of heritage blinds us of this truth on March 17th.
In this age of connectivity at the speed of light, we can learn a lot from the life of a man who embraced poverty, language, education, piety and the Irish culture.Patrick went back to the land of his captors out of a desire to enlighten his favorite people. He had no money, no wealth and possibly no clothes. Representing a young church that had recently converted a Roman Emperor, Patrick was well educated and set out from the Scottish coast to spread the gospels to a fabulously disorganized society of Chieftans and followers. So passionate and verbose during his lessons, his walking stick was said to have sprouted roots before he quieted.
As citizens of the world, we all have good reason to celebrate the life of the son of a Roman soldier. For without Patrick, western literature, the age of enlightenment and that most enjoyable creation of man, Guinness may very well have not come to pass.So hoist a glass and thank God, Yahweh or Allah for Patrick, his adopted peoples and all things Irish. Happy St. Pats!