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Weird Job: Saint, Founder of Churches, and Snake Wrangler?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

By kathy

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Well, in honor of Ireland’s patron saint (who was most likely born in Wales), I thought we should get to know the real St. Patrick—he is, after all, the reason most of New York City will be trashed by 3p.m.! Such a holy day!

I’ll keep this short and bulleted, since I know how hard it is to read when your vision is impaired!

According to Slate, which reprinted a 2000 article by David Plotz:

>Patrick was born in Britain, probably in Wales, around 385 A.D.

>His father was a Roman official.

>When Patrick was 16, seafaring raiders captured him, carried him to Ireland, and sold him into slavery.

>The Christian Patrick spent six lonely years herding sheep and, according to him, praying 100 times a day.

>In a dream, God told him to escape. He returned home, where he had another vision in which the Irish people begged him to return and minister to them: “We ask thee, boy, come and walk among us once more,” he recalls in the Confession.

>He studied for the priesthood in France, then made his way back to Ireland.

Oh and by the way, Patrick did not rid the Emerald Isle of snakes: Apparently, there were no snakes to begin with. Way to blow that story up.

When you’ve sobered up, you can read the entire Slate article here and even learn how he’s become a figure in the gay and lesbian community. Pretty cool stuff.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!!


One response

  1. Jeanette Cheezum says:

    This is very good. I wrote a similar story on Gather.com about St. Paddy. It is amazing how many stories I have read about him. We really celebrate his day because it’s our anniversary.

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