Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Who was Saint Patrick?

Today is Saint Patrick's day. Americans celebrate by wearing or painting Kelly Green on their bodies, drinking Guinness, and watching parades. I did a quick search on who Saint Patrick was, and found a couple of interesting facts:

- Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish. He was born in Britain. When he was a teenager, he was taken as a prisoner by Irish raiders, escaping 6 years later. In his 20's, he felt a calling back to Ireland, where he worked as a missionary until he died.

-He used a shamrock as his way of explaining the Holy Trinity (God, Son, Holy Spirit) as being three-in-one.

-The belief that he "drove out all the snakes in Ireland" probably refers to his preaching against the Druid pagans of the time, whom used the snake as one of their symbols.

-He probably didn't drink Guinness, ride on a float in a parade, or run around with Leprechauns.

Well, that's all for today. I'm off to Dogtown, to see what all the fuss is about.


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