What a day to honor St. Patrick should look like...

I have to wonder what would St. Patrick's Day be like if we truly celebrated him?

It would be Christ focused.

It would be about bravery and evangelizing others to the Catholic faith.

It would be about loving service to our enemies to catechize them to our Church.

Perhaps it could also be about honoring Priests and all they do to bring us Christ?!

St. Patrick, Ora Pro Nobis....

"The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins." ~ Saint Patrick

As a slave captured and taken to Ireland, Saint Patrick's return to preach there shows his love for the Irish. It was an act of obedience to Jesus' command to love enemies and to pray for persecutors.

Prayer for Enemies
Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst command us to love our enemies, and those who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee: grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and meekness, that we may heartily forgive every injury and be reconciled with our enemies. Grant us to overcome the malevolence and offences of people with Christian meekness and true love of our neighbor. We further beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant to our enemies true peace and forgiveness of sins; and do not allow them to leave this life without true faith and sincere conversion. And help us repay evil with goodness, and to remain safe from the temptations of the devil and from all the perils which threaten us, in the form of visible and invisible enemies. Amen.


Kathleen's Catholic said...

Wow. This really makes us think. Thanks!

Tiffany said...

What a perfect post to reflect upon the courageous St. Patrick. His perseverance is incredibly admirable. Thank you for the prayer for enemies... I could use that as an addition to my daily prayers!

Laura O in AK said...

Such a wonderful post on St. Patrick!

I'm glad you decided to link up to the 40 Days of Seeking Him post last week. I love reading what everyone is writing during this liturgical season. Or, as in this case, reading an older post that is still quite pertinent.

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