There are many myths surrounding this now Sainted man. However, many don’t know the basics of his life. So, today I’ll shed a little light.
He was born in Wales. When he was sixteen he was kidnapped by the Irish army and taken to Ireland where he lived as a slave for six years. He then escaped and returned to Wales where he later became a Bishop in the church. He eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary. It is widely accepted that he lived and served the Irish people from about 428 A.D. to his death sometime between 440 and 460 A.D. March 17 is believed to be the date of his death and therefore the day we celebrate in his honor.
St. Patrick is responsible for integrating the so called Pagan believes of Ireland with Christian beliefs. He helped the Irish people see the correlation between worship of Jesus with their beliefs of celebrating seasons, moon phases and the earth and her inhabitants. Two notable examples are St Patrick placed a symbol of the sun on the Christian cross which today is known as the Celtic Cross and he used bonfires on High Holy Christian holidays such as Easter because the Irish were accustomed to using bonfires for their seasonal celebrations.
What this man really taught is that the so called Pagan believes are simply part of the big picture created by God. God created Jesus. Jesus taught respect, generosity, and love. God also created the sun, moon, stars, earth, seasons, animals, plants and He, Jesus and all other Spirits are Honored and pleased when we treat these creations with respect, generosity and love.