The story of the real St. Patrick is much more compelling than the story of a man who chased snakes out of Ireland.
Actually, that’s one of the things he didn’t do.
Kidnapped as a British boy, Patrick was brought into slavery in Ireland. No time today to tell you the wider story, but he eventually escapes, but is called by God to return to the country of his captors and evangelize Ireland.
As author Anita McSorley writes in “The St. Patrick You Never Knew,” his kidnapping and subsequent work was as significant to his world as the capture and story of Helen of Troy.
So, as a non-drinker, I hope and pray that some folks will skip the green beer today and find out the real story of St. Patrick and his incredible work and grace.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.