Social Concerns

Social Concerns - Faith in Action

Let's celebrate St. Patrick with the words of the saint himself:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Thomas Cahill, author and former religion editor for Doubleday, describes Patrick as "a mystic who felt the presence of God in every turn of the road" As recounted in Patrick's written work, Confession, most of the major events in Patrick's life are preceded by a dream or vision. "God was palpable to him, and his relationship to him was very, very close." In fact,  it was very much like the relationship in the Bible that Jesus has with God the Father. "It is very familiar and comfortable, and that is how Patrick saw God at work in the world."

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