Today many people across our country and throughout the world will find themselves wearing green and eventually drunk all in the name of ‘saint patrick‘. Yet, most are clueless as to who he was, what he really did, and why celebration began…
First, a few misconceptions about Patrick:
Patrick isn’t really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. No, Patrick was protestant and a few trips to Belfast, Northern Ireland (as I have done many times) will clearly remind you that this is a touchy subject. Also, there’s the “snake myth” – ha – Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with. He wasn’t even the first evangelist to Ireland (Palladius had been sent in 431, about five years before Patrick went).
Patrick isn’t even Irish. It is believed by many that he was from what’s now Dumbarton, Scotland (just northwest of Glasgow). And, he definitely didn’t look like this picture!