Everything turns green on Saint Patrick’s day, But what is sad is that people really do not understand the true meaning of Saint Patrick’s day. It is not just about leprechauns and shamrocks. Did you know that the shamrock is a symbol of the Holy Trinity? Well here is a little more about the saint himself Saint Patrick. Who Was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world, has very little factual information about his life and times most of which is quite vague. Most information about St. Patrick has been twisted, embellished, or simply made up over centuries by storytellers, causing much ambiguity about the real life of St. Patrick. However, there are a some elements of his story a which most scholars accept to be true.
According to Coilin Owens, Irish literature expert and Professor Emeritus of English at George Mason University, Saint Patrick is traditionally thought to have lived “between 432-461 A.D., but more recent scholarship moves the dates up a bit.” At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped from his native land of the Roman British Isles by a band pirates, and sold into slavery in Ireland. Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for solace. After six years of slavery he escaped to the Irish coast and fled home to Britain.
While back in his homeland, Patrick decided to become a priest and then decided to return to Ireland after dreaming that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to convert them to Christianity.