Thinking Out Loud

March 18, 2018

St. Patrick Was Yesterday | 10 Other Irish Saints You Should Know Today

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:09 am

The Lord took pity on me thousands upon thousands of times, because he saw within me that I was prepared, but that I was ignorant of what to do in view of my situation; because many were trying to prevent this mission. They were talking among themselves behind my back, and saying: ‘Why is this fellow throwing himself into danger among enemies who know not God?’ Not from malice, but having no liking for it; likewise, as I myself can testify, they perceived my rusticity. And I was not quick to recognize the grace that was then in me; I now know that I should have done so earlier.

Because we already ran a short bio previously, The 411 on 3/17, I thought take the day after to debrief and delve a little deeper. The video is a piece called The Hymn of St. Patrick, though there are a few different compositions that use this title.

st-patrickThe quotation that opened this article is from WikiQuote as is the one which follows, from an English translation of by John Skinner in The Confession of St. Patrick (1998)

Therefore be amazed, you great and small who fear God, and you men of God, eloquent speakers, listen and contemplate. Who was it summoned me, a fool, from the midst of those who appear wise and learned in the law and powerful in rhetoric and in all things? Me, truly wretched in this world, he inspired before others that I could be — if I would — such a one who, with fear and reverence, and faithfully, without complaint, would come to the people to whom the love of Christ brought me and gave me in my lifetime, if I should be worthy, to serve them truly and with humility.

From, Patrick wasn’t the only Irish saint. And there’s a day set aside on the calendar for these as well. Think how much more green beer the pubs and bars could sell if they knew their Irish saints better. You’re thinking we’re a day late with this, but you’ll keep in file for 364 days, right?

Furthermore, with a little help from Wikipedia, you can pick one from the list below and be an expert on Brigid of Kildare, or Columbanus, or Oliver Plunket, canonized as recently as 1975 and therefore the first new Irish saint in 700 years. (Except the one whom another Wikipedia page states was canonized in 1903, but then Saint Keven is listed as living from 498 to 618 which means he was 120 when he died but strangely there’s no mention of this long life in the write-up itself.)

Anyway, you’ve got less than two months because the next feast day listed here is coming up soon, on May 16th.

Ten Other Major Irish Saints

Ireland, which was once known as the land of saints and scholars, has bred numerous saints, many of whom left their native country to Christianize the rest of Europe in the same fashion as St. Patrick.

Here are but a few:

  1. St. Aidan
    Feast day: Aug. 31
    The founder of a great center of Celtic Christianity.
  2. St. Brendan
    Feast day: May 16
    Patron of boatmen, sailors, travelers, and whales.
  3. St. Brigid
    Feast day: Feb. 1
    Patron of babies, blacksmiths, cows and dairy workers, Ireland, midwives, poets, sailors, scholars, and travelers.
  4. St. Columba
    Feast day: June 9
    Patron of bookbinders, Ireland, poets, and Scotland
  5. St. Columban
    Feast day: Nov. 23
    It is no wonder that this saint’s emblem is the bear, as he seems to have had a knack for causing trouble.
  6. St. Ita
    Feast day: Jan. 15
    The revered teacher of St. Brendan.
  7. St. Kevin
    Feast day: June 3
    Patron of blackbirds, the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, and Glendalough, Ireland.
  8. St. Kieran
    Feast day: Sept. 9
    A visionary who founded a great Irish monastery.
  9. St. Malachy
    Feast day: Nov. 3
    The first Irish saint to be canonized by a pope, in 1199.
  10. St. Oliver Plunket
    Feast day: July 11
    The last Catholic martyr to die at Tyburn, he was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

The fun continues at the same website, where you can continue with 50 St. Patrick Facts, about both the man, and the day.

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