St. Patrick…..So often we get so caught up in the “green,” the leprechauns, and the rainbows, that we forget this day was  meant to honor St. Patrick. Patrick was captured as a young boy, and made a slave in pagan Ireland. He later returned to Ireland and began his missionary work. Though never formally canonized by the Catholic church, he became widely recognized as the patron saint of Ireland sometime in the 17th century. Today, March 17th, marks his death.

About 7 years ago, I stumbled upon the prayer of St. Patrick, and have held fast to it ever since. The prayer of St. Patrick hangs above my desk, allowing me to read and reflect upon it daily. It has become my prayer for myself…what I hope for myself…how I hope I am seen and viewed by others…how I want to represent Christ. My prayer today is that it may speak to you as well.

The Prayer of St. Patrick

I establish myself today in:

The power of God to guide me,

The might of God to uphold me,

The wisdom of God to teach me,

The eye of God to watch over me,

The ear of God to hear me,

The word of God to speak to me,

The hand of God to protect me,

The way of God to lie before me,

The shield of God to shelter me,

The hosts of God to defend me,

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ at my right, Christ at my left,

Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,

Christ in the ear of every man who hears me,

Confident in Christ.

May Christ be with all of you today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.