Happy Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17) to all readers!
In his message for Saint Patrick’s Day, Cardinal Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland says “that Patrick was a man who knew how to turn adversity into opportunity. He successfully turned the adversity of six years of slavery on Slemish into an opportunity to grow in his knowledge and love of the God who, in Patrick’s words, ‘protected and comforted me as a father would his son.’ That knowledge and love of the Triune God are the basis of Patrick’s greatness” (St Patrick’s Message from Cardinal Brady).
This is a time of particular trial for the Church in Ireland, but also an opportunity for renewal: a chance to re-embrace the faith that fueled Saint Patrick and that filled the Irish Church to such an extent that missionaries went from Ireland to so many parts of the world. The Church in many places, Australia included, owes a debt of gratitude to the many women and men, including religious and clergy, who left family and friends behind as Saint Patrick himself did, to share the Gospel of Christ.
Saint Patrick, pray for us!