St. Patrick’s Day

Several Christian mainline denominations celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a special day for Irish heritage all around the world. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and he is the first missionary to Ireland.
Patrick was a native in Britain. When he was sixteen years of age, his life was torn apart by Irish raiders. He was carried into slavery in Ireland that he spent six terrifying and inhumane years there. Although he was nominal Christian, he turned to God for comfort. In his prayer life, he experienced God and his faith grew consequently. Amazingly, after six years as a slave in Ireland, God led him back to his homeland.
The awe-inspiring thing is that, when God called Patrick to return to Ireland as a missionary, without any reservation, he responded to God’s calling. Legend has it that Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Because of his obedience and devotion to God, Pagan Ireland was converted to Christianity. Also, because of Patrick’s selfless example, hundreds of Celtic monks followed his footsteps and spread the gospel to Scotland, England, and continental Europe.
We live only once. We die only once. It matters most is how we live our momentary existence. How do we manage our precious life? We all have 24 hours a day, but the crucial thing is how we can use it to the fullest for the benefit of others!

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