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"Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me." St. Patrick
Ah, St. Patrick. His is such a refreshing story of strength, immense trust, purpose and fulfillment. And what an inspiration!!!
Despite this, it is amazing how many people have foregone the reasons for this day of beautiful tribute to this great saint and have moved the focus from Christ-centered to leprechaun-centered. Considering that St. Patrick believed the words that he said above to his very core, I can't help but wonder how he feels when he witnesses the partying taking place around the world for reasons that completely ignore all that he fought for here on earth.
Today, our kids' unicycle team was involved in a major local St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade was fantastic, incorporating hundreds of acts in its forward march through the city. Despite the great festivity, though, it was impossible to miss the fact that except for our team logo - The Saint Helen Unicycle Team - I could not find anything actually referencing St. Patrick and his Christianity! People, animals and vehicles had turned more shades of green than I thought possible, and there were shamrocks everywhere. Leprechauns were easily located, as well as a huge balloon depicting a superman-looking creature covered in green. But where was St. Patrick? There was not a cross to be seen, not a reference to to his deep faith to be found.
Granted, being in the parade I was not able to view all of the acts, but I have a deep suspicion that my view of the parade was not much different than the rest of it.
Please don't get me wrong...I'm all for enjoying the festivities of this great celebration. I just wish that ALL people could remember and realize what they are actually celebrating.
Perhaps today we can stop and thank St. Patrick for his incredible contribution to humanity and for furthering our faith in this world.
If we all really understood his teachings and great love for his "adopted people," we would be filled with inspiration and admiration for this blessed bishop.
Thank you, St. Patrick.
I, for one, will be eating a corned beef sandwich in your honor tonight! :)
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