Have you seen the commercials that say “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day”? In New York, especially, it seems that many people celebrate this feast day no matter what their heritage may be. I’m not Irish, but I do like any day that celebrates the life of a saint, especially when there are festivities and joy involved.
With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, I woke up this morning thinking of those commercials and wondering – what if everyone were to try to be more like this popular fourth century saint on his feast day? I only know the basics of St. Patrick — that he is the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York, and that one of the most popular legends of him is that he drove snakes from Ireland. But one of the most important things that I know about this man is that he was a missioner who lived and spread the Catholic faith.
Tomorrow, there will be a lot of people proudly wearing green in honor of the day. It’s a nice outward sign of a shared culture and (oftentimes) faith. Sure, times may be different today than in the fourth and fifth centuries, but there are still many things that remain the same – including the need to proudly show such things as our faith by how we live and act.
Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!