Thursday, March 9, 2006
St. Patrick Novena

Around 1,500 years ago, a 16-year old boy was kidnapped from Britain forced to work as a slave for six years in Ireland until he escaped. His name was St. Patrick. During his time in slavery, St. Patrick frequently prayed. He was not very religious before this time, and his family was not wealthy either. However, St. Patrick was given a vision.

St. Patrick became a priest and later a bishop. He returned to Ireland to convert his people to Christianity. Pope Saint Celestine saint him to evangelize England, then Ireland, during which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one of his students. He advocated against slavery for women's rights in the 5th Century! St. Patrick didn't drive snakes out of Ireland; rather, he brought God to the country and converted many. In his 33 years in Ireland, he converted nearly the entire country. Because of his work, Ireland became know as the Land of Saints

Please join me in praying the Novena to St. Patrick starting today and ending on his feastday, March 17th.

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