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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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There's more to St. Paddy's day

For most Americans, St. Patrick's Day is a day of parades, parties, leprechauns, and green beer. But just as Christmas is about more than commercialized fun, so, too, does St. Patrick's Day have a deeper meaning.

St. Patrick's Day began as a religious holiday honoring St. Patrick — a holy bishop sent to Ireland in 433 A.D. by Pope Celestine I to draw its people into the fold of Christ's universal church. Upon his arrival on Ireland's shores, St. Patrick encountered many setbacks and persecutions by the superstitious Druids who had employed magicians to maintain their sway over the Irish. Despite severe trials, St. Patrick was able to convert all of Ireland and conquer paganism. He is thus credited with driving the Celtic "snakes" out of Ireland.

St. Patrick is credited with many miracles and is responsible for the building of several Catholic schools, monasteries, and churches throughout Ireland. He is known for his powerful expositions of the principles of the Catholic faith. He even employed the ordinary, little, three-leaf shamrock plant to teach people about the Blessed Trinity. He was called to his heavenly reward on March 17, 461.

St. Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose total love, devotion, and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us.

Paul Kokoski
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


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