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Monday, March 18, 2019
St. Patrick's Day Is Over, But How Much Do You Really Know About Him?
A man dressed as St. Patrick participates in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland.
A man dressed as St. Patrick participates in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland. (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
A number of years ago, there was a character on Saturday Night Live named Debbie Downer.

A depressed-looking, bug-eyed, frumpy woman, Downer had a knack for sharing negative information when others were trying to celebrate. Hang with me for a moment as this commentary starts with a Debbie Downer moment.
  • Patrick was not Irish.

  • As a young man he had no interest in God.

  • He never drove out any snakes because there were none in Ireland.

  • His use of a shamrock to teach the Trinity is cute for children, but it's just a myth.

  • There is no such thing as a leprechaun.

  • Patrick didn't drink Guinness beer because it didn't exist.

Waaaah Waaaah!

Now I'm not a party pooper. I enjoy a celebration, but enjoy it even more when I understand what's legitimate and what's legend.

With St. Patrick's Day and all the green, the parades, parties with Irish stew and toasts to the "luck of the Irish," let's get behind the blarney to focus on an incredible man of God who transformed a nation through the proclamation of the gospel and the planting of churches.

The Real Story of St. Patrick

Years ago when I ministered in Ireland, I recall the descent of the plane and how absolutely awestruck I was as I beheld for the first time the Emerald Isle. This deep green countryside is the picture conjured up in the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Irish celebrants who annually dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day. And in celebrations throughout America, this special feast day is a sign of spring, bringing welcome relief after the cold of winter.

But what's really behind this day and the man we honor? After all, he died over 1500 years ago on March 17, 461. read more
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