|March 17, 2004|
What do you know about St. Patrick?
Mostly the myth that he drove the snakes from Ireland.
He drove the snakes out of Ireland during the famine.
St. Patrick drove all or most of the Pagans out of Ireland and changed the official religion to Catholocism.
He brought Christianity to Ireland.
He was a bishop who lived in Ireland -- I think in the 300s.
That he drove the snakes from Ireland. That's about it...
I'm Scotch-Irish, not Irish, more pagan than Christian and fonder of a
good story than pallid fact, my information is colorful, but spotty. St.
Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland--also the giants and the leprechauns.
He was fond of high places, wells and shamrocks. A good gardener plants
potatoes on St. Patrick's Day-- at least a good gardener in Ireland plants
potatoes on St. Patrick's Day.
He was a slave for a time; once he was free (and had become some kind of priest), he left his place in the Roman Empire (?) to dedicate his life to bringing Christianity--and peace, as he saw it--to the Irish masses.
He was a German priest sent over to bring Christianity to Ireland.