In our house we love talking about the Saints. Each of our children were named after a strong saint. They love talking about their saint. Superheroes are very popular with children these days. Real Superheroes are people who go against the crowd, put Jesus first in their lives and who bring about change through their love. These are our Saints. I would love my children to aspire to be like the Saints.
Yesterday the Church celebrated the Feast of St Patrick. St Patrick’s Day is now full of green, Irish music and Guinness.
But St Patrick’s Feast Day is so much more.
Life wasn’t easy for St Patrick. At 14 he was captured by Irish Pirates. For 6 years he was a slave in Ireland. It was in this hardship he turned to God.
Patrick was a humble, gentle man, who loved and trusted in God completely. St Patrick’s poem is one we can hold on to and remember when our life is not easy or when we don’t know how to pray.
“Christ be 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 inquired, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
Tomorrow we will celebrate another great Saint, St Joseph. St Joseph for me is an example of giving his life totally to God. He took Mary and Jesus into his home and loved them. He is an example of being faithful, hardworking and loving and protecting his family. As a parent I look to St Joseph as an example of unconditional love.