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BONUS: Saint Patrick

March 17, 2017

Patrick of Ireland (389 – 461)

At the age of sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped from his home by Irish marauders and taken to Ireland, where he was sold as a slave to a chieftain and forced to herd livestock.

After six years of slavery, Patrick escaped to his native Britain.

Because he believed that his captivity and deliverance were ordained by God, Patrick devoted his life to ministry.

While studying for the priesthood, he experienced recurring dreams in which he heard voices say, “O holy youth, come back to Erin and walk once more amongst us.”

He convinced his superiors to let him return to Ireland in 432, not to seek revenge for injustice but to seek reconciliation and to spread his faith.

Over the next thirty years, Patrick established churches and monastic communities across Ireland.

When he was not engaged in the work of spreading the Christian faith, Patrick spent his time praying in his favorite places of solitude and retreat.

— March 17 in Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

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