Is It Okay to Celebrate St. Patrick in School?

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Feast of St Patrick

happy St Patrick’s Day

Marquette, Mi

March 17, 2014 – Happy St Patrick’s Day!

 Today we celebrate the feast of St Patrick – bishop & missionary to Ireland.  On this day “everyone is Irish” (or so they say -whoever THEY are).  Here are some interesting tidbits to ponder today.  If you can’t say “Merry Christmas” in School, why is it OK to say “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”?  We are (after all) celebrating a Christian Saint… one who introduced Christianity to the Island of Ireland & converted many to the faith

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He is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland (although some scientists now try to discredit that – saying there never were snakes there).  He is often depicted with a shamrock because he used that to describe the trinity those he converted.  He was NOT Irish, but is the patron saint of that island… and celebrations around the world are centered around communities with large Irish populations.

 So why do we drink green beer on this day?  Apparently in days gone by, when drinking was prohibited during the entire season of lent, this feast day was set apart.  That is probably the genesis of the drinking to excess we now celebrate.  St Patrick himself is said to have complained to an innkeeper when the pour of his whiskey was a little light.  However you celebrate… try to avoid all the controversy people try to attach to any celebration… It’s a day to celebrate Irish Heritage… or  Faith… or Both.  Don’t rain on the Parade!

Dan Adamini – In the Right Mind

 

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