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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: What About His Life?

Updated on November 16, 2017
St. Patrick Loved the Shades of Green
St. Patrick Loved the Shades of Green | Source

Who was Saint Patrick?

Is what you think you know about this man the truth?

Was St. Patrick really Irish?

How meaningful was his life?

Was St. Patrick an Irish Catholic?

What did he write in his Confession?

How is it possible that his life can speak to us today?

An amazing history!
An amazing history! | Source

Interestingly, the myths behind today’s St. Patrick celebrations are nothing more than a fabrication that would grieve the man himself. The truth of his life is an unusually motivating study for anyone, especially if they are interested in the historical record.

Because false ideas and traditions distort the truth of his life and work anyone wanting to know more about this saint, especially Christians, will be fascinated by a new book, The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick, by Michael McHugh.

Celebrating Saint Patrick's life can be much more than what we've been led to believe. Information based on the recorded facts rather than the folkloric old-wive's tales that are so popular with those who resist what his life was really about are worthy of consideration.

About St. Patrick

Dispelling folklore and inspiring faith with accurate facts about Saint Patrick’s dependence on God and his commitment to share the truth of the Gospel, this book is for anyone curious about what a true saint is and is not.

The historical analysis of this popular man, born in 389 to Christian parents with a Roman/Briton heritage in the area that we know as Scotland, is an amazing study for ministers, laypeople, and young students alike.

His kidnapping by Irish pirates at age 16 that turned out to be his personal path to Christ is a wonderful story of amazing grace which built courage and strength into a needy young man. The record is preserved for our benefit.

His own 5th century writings reveal the dynamic testamony of a simple shepherd who overcame his desperately bleak circumstances by taking hold of truths he was taught in his home as a child. Turning to faith didn't just change his life, it saved his life.

St. Patrick’s story swings from what could have remained the depths of hopelessness to the heights of true greatness beginning with a life of prayer and the courage and power he was given through learning and trusting God’s Word.

Saint Patrick's Lovely Region ⇓

Even non-Christians throughout the centuries owe a great deal to St. Patrick’s faithful work since anguished societies changed for the general good of all from the impact of the gospel through this servant's work.

Infant sacrifice as well as slaveries were ended. More ordered governments were developed. Civilizations progressed and strongholds of depravity that harmed and destroyed women and children in particular were greatly diminished.

Today, Saint Patrick's life story is an encouragement to Christians who may feel they are up against too much hardship, even persecution. The Patrick that we hear so much of each year on March 17 lived a humble life of sacrifice and courage for the God of his salvation through Christ’s power.

Saint Patrick gave Christians a legacy that has reliably spoken character and determination to fainting hearts and minds throughout the days that were to him the future. Take some time to learn more about this man.

Ireland's St. Patrick

By reading The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick we can learn more about the staggering history of the little land of Ireland. Its Druids, slave-traders, and human sacrifices are not the proudest aspects of their history, but all countries have had certain features that they were glad to put in the past as their population’s thinking and behavior advanced.

The personal experiences recounted in this book, for instance in being delivered from becoming a human sacrifice for pagans, give new birth to the forgotten realities of Patrick's life. This book is also an important opportunity to examine our own desires and motives through a comparison of our own thinking with his humility and love for the Scriptures.

We need to know the history behind the faith we enjoy today and we need to teach that history to our children. Knowing history, as opposed to listening to old wives' tales, is a primary way for us to appropriate the strength building examples of heroes and heroines who have been faithful.

This book gives us an honest, solid look at the life of one who had very little so-called opportunity to make something of himself, but who committed himself to God and by doing so was greatly used to help people and preach the gospel. His name is known the world over today and it does him an earned courtesy to share the truth about him.

Travel his road from a safe, loving home, through a kidnapping and life of difficult hardship in slavery, all the way back home to rejoicing parents, then through the call to and consequent life of mission work in The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick.

The chapters of this book of his life are a sweeping view of the grace of God granted to a repentant heart and mind. What a joy it is to realize that though the last chapter of his earthly life closed long ago, his life continues to unfold in ways we cannot yet know!

To hear an outstanding interview by Kevin Swanson with Michael McHugh, author of this new book, click here. You’ll hear more about why readers of The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick are emboldened to persevere in faith’s work even when opposition is at its worst.

Green Reflections
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Following in St. Patrick's Footsteps

Another interview that you might enjoy is available through the Janet Mefferd website, found here, and you might like to check out this HSLDA site in order to purchase the book discussed in it.

Author Michael McHugh says that by the grace of God our best years of missions work are yet ahead of us. Listening to his interviews and reading his work can give you a better vision of what he means and help you decide how you can be a part of that future.

Londonderry Air/Savior of the World

Beautiful Music from the Land St. Patrick Loved

More Reading

• Did you know that "Real Irish Don't Eat Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day"?

• Do you want to make a New England recipe for your St. Patrick's Day celebration?

Recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick's Day may surprise you.

• A book review on Psalm 23, The Song of the Passionate Heart, by David Roper, comes from deep wells and is full of hope.

A High FLying Look At Ireland!

Are You Familiar with St. Patrick's Real Story?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks kindly for stopping in to check out this info on St. Patrick and letting us hear from you on it.

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    Vicki Parker 

    2 years ago from the Deep South

    Fascinating. Thx for the history lesson.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks for checking it out and for letting me know you enjoyed this on his life. From the beginning I hoped it would be a springboard for others to get to know him better so I appreciate your highlighting it with a comment.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    I missed this wonderful post from years past and I'm glad I came across it today. The history of St. Patrick is inspiring.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks very much for coming by and letting me know that you learned something new from this post!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey

    Jackie Lynnley:

    Well, don't feel too badly, Saint Patrick was actually not born an Irishman! Seriously, though, his life's story is interesting and inspiring, and well worth learning about. Thank you kindly for coming by and for leaving your feedback here.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Excellent article on Saint Patrick, I knew nothing about him...until now.

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I know nothing about him either and the shame of that is I married an Irishman! Very interesting article. ^

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Okay, so now I'm officially jealous! ;) Visiting Ireland would be delightful and one day…

    Thanks very much for stopping by to read up on Saint Patrick. I hope you get to enjoy learning more yet about this man's life in the near future.

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    4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Although we have been to Ireland, I have to admit that I don't really know anything about St. Patrick! I guess I'll have to read this book to answer the questions you raise. Thank you for sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey

    Millionaire Tips:

    So appreciate your visit and comment!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for stopping by this post!

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    Shasta Matova 

    4 years ago from USA

    You're right, I do need to learn more about St. Patrick. We celebrate his day without really knowing who he was.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Interesting hub and this year will be a another to look forward to great celebrations.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much for reading, commenting, and leaving a smile on my face. Appreciate your stopping by.

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    7 years ago

    Hi, nice hub. Yes I agree with Stan F. He would be grieved indeed. Makes you think about the world's focus at easter (Oryctolagus cuniculus, chocolate) and Christmas (Homo jollyolsantarus, presents / food).

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    How about that! He might like to listen to the interviews, and the video has shots of a boy's choir he might find interesting.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment. It's delightful to think that your son might enjoy this hub too! :)

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    7 years ago from New Zealand

    That was interesting and funnily enough my son asked me why we celebrated St Patrick's Day yesterday - he did wonder about the alcohol theme associated with it. I will relate your information to him.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Will be looking for it, for sure. Appreciate your coming by.

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    7 years ago

    Not yet..would make a great hub!!!

    Later Mike :0)))))))

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Hi! It's great to hear from you, especially considering your ancestry!

    Thanks much for stopping by. Have you written about your relationship to him?

    The entire world is a mission field, isn't it?

    Thank again for reading and commenting on this hub!

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    7 years ago

    Hi RTalloni :0)

    As an Irishman I think its great that God would send a man from the enimess camp to spread his word...He was my ancestor the First quinlan.

    Funny when I became a missionary God led me to London England ;0)

    great Hub!!!

    Happy Saint Pats

    Mike :0)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Imagine how full Patrick's heart would be if he could tell us of his joy at hearing The Savior of the World being sung in St. Anne's today!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing about the importance of knowing the truth about the holidays we celebrate.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    So glad you stopped by. Appreciate your comments very much.

    The story of St. Patrick's life truly is a picture of God's grace to mankind.

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    Raylene Wall 

    7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    At our house we have always tried to get down to the REAL meanings of the holidays we celebrate. I LOVE Patrick's story!

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    7 years ago

    Thank you for this hub, I greatly admire Patrick. The conversion of Ireland is one of the greatest conversion stories of history in my opinion - and lead by someone the irish had wronged at that.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks very much for checking out this hub and commenting. Have again been thinking about how important it is that we hold on to the truths of history rather than allow revisionists to rewrite it for us, whether they rewrite it with assuming folklore or with outright slanted lies.

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    Stan Fletcher 

    7 years ago from Nashville, TN

    Very interesting....I was aware of some of this, but not all.... Indeed, he would be grieved at what his name now represents.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you kindly, Pamela99. I was hoping to find that hymn done by a particular group when I came across this video from St. Anne's in Belfast. Appreciate your visit and comments very much!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    The Dirt Farmer: So glad you enjoyed reading more about St. Patrick. Thanks much for stopping by and for commenting.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I think this is a very well-written hub of St. Patrick's life. I enjoyed the video as well. Voted/rated up.

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    The Dirt Farmer 

    7 years ago

    Although I knew something of his work in Ireland, I'd no idea of St. Patrick's kidnapping. Fascinating!


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