St Patrick converted over one hundred thousand Irish to Christianity, and help start up over 300 churches, during his life, 387AD to 460AD. Ireland was a country that practiced a nature-based pagan religion during St Patrick’s time. To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord was dangerous, and left him without legal protection. Because of his belief in Christ, and his willingness to publicly tell the Good News, and to be an evangelist for Jesus, St Patrick was beaten, robbed persecuted, put in chains, and imprisoned.
But St Patrick persevered. He told the Christian story to the Irish by using symbols and ideas they could relate with. He taught the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.
St Patrick superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol at the time, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross. The converted Irish became more comfortable wearing the cross, and proclaiming Jesus as Christ.
The shamrock, the Celtic cross, the Irish national color, green; and a feast, are all part of the St Patrick Day celebration; a celebration of Jesus, and Christianity throughout the world.
St Patrick died on March 17, 460AD. He was born in Britain. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish pirates, taken to Ireland, there enslaved as a shepherd. Six years later he escaped, wandered through the wilderness for over 200 miles finally arriving at the coast.
Upon his return to Britain St Patrick went into the ministry as a priest after 15 years of study. He asked to return to Ireland with the dream of converting the Irish to Christianity.
St Patrick converted over 100,000 to Christ. Each person he converted started with a conversation. We can share the Good News of Jesus with just one person. You could be a Saint in that person’s life.