Patrick: A saint for all Brits

March 19, 2018

Culture, Uncategorized

irish cross

Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Priory

Written on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2018

I’m swilling a Guinness while listening to Pandora’s Irish music on Saint Paddy’s Day.

I’d say my Celtic ancestors were smiling, but many of them came from the very nation that oppressed the Irish for centuries. Then again, so did Saint Paddy. He was a Brit kidnapped by cruel, pagan-Irish pirates at the tender age of 16, escaped back to kith and kin, then followed God’s missionary call to the land of his enslavement. All of which is to say that I hoist a toast to my fellow Brit, Saint Patrick, the one who overcame his resentment and loved his former slave-holders so much that he brought them the Gospel of Love.

I wish I could buy him a pint.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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