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Luck of the Irish…What about Faith of the Irish?

Typically St. Patrick’s Day calls to mind scenes of shamrocks, leprechauns, and green drinks. However, in looking at the Saint himself and the work he did in evangelizing the people of Ireland, there is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge about how we can truly change the world in which we live. St. Patrick believed that true conversion only happened in community, so he dedicated his time to living with the Celtic people, first moving into their daily life and then helping them see how present God was in everything they did. Celtic spirituality focused on God’s immanence, his presence in all of life, particularly in the nature that He had created; many prayers focused on praise for God’s work in nature. He also emphasized the Trinitarian nature of the Godhead, reminding us that God Himself is in constant communion with himself, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, united, yet distinct persons who work together to bring about God’s amazing works. What a wonderful reminder of how we are to live in our own lives, particularly in our marriages! As God’s Word teaches, “The two become one flesh” (Genesis 2, and quoted in Mark 10 and Ephesians 5), so we too are united, yet distinct, called to work together with the Lord to build something greater than we on our own could ever create. As you approach this St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps you will have a renewed look at the power of the Trinity and God’s effect on your life and marriage. We leave you with a Celtic Prayer:

The Father of many resting places grant you rest; The Christ who stilled the storm grant you calm; The Spirit who fills all things grant you peace. God’s light be your light, God’s love be your love, God’s way be your way.

This blog was written by a guest writer from our staff, Amanda Rodgers Cumbo


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