Don’t pinch Charlie, he’s sporting his green for the day.

My silly father sent this to me. I think I prefer an orange Charlie to a green one.

Green will always make me think of St. Pete High. I miss all that crazy school spirit. Go Green Devils!

Psst – This is my 100th blog post!

And here’s a brief history lesson for the day… Who exactly IS St. Patrick?

Patrick, St (5th cent.), ‘Apostle of the Irish’. Patrick was born in Britain and brought up as a Christian. At the age of 16 he was captured by pirates and spent six years as a herdsman in Ireland. He turned earnestly to God and received a Divine message that he was to escape. He persuaded some sailors to give him passage to Britain and returned to his kinsfolk, a changed man. He underwent training for the Christian ministry and went from Britain as ‘bishop in Ireland’ (his own phrase); he spent the rest of his life there, evangelizing, ordaining clergy, and instituting monks and nuns. He wrote a moving account of his spiritual pilgrimage, called his Confession, perhaps in response to an attack on his character. Discussions on the chronology of his life have focused on the statement of Prosper of Aquitaine that Celestine V (422–33) sent Palladius to be the ‘first bishop to the Irish believing in Christ’. It is argued that Patrick’s mission cannot have been much later than 431; from this the date of his birth is inferred and his death put c.460; others argue that he lived a generation later and died c.490. The canons attributed to him and the ‘ Breastplate of St Patrick’ are not his work. Feast day, 17 Mar. See also St Patrick’s Purgatory.

“Patrick, St”  The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Ed. E. A. Livingstone. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Central Washington University.  17 March 2010  <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t95.e4375>

Patrick, St (c.390–c.460). Christian missionary bishop of Ireland.

The only certain information about St Patrick’s life comes from his one surviving letter and from his autobiographical Confession. His authorship of the ancient Irish hymn ‘The Breastplate of St Patrick’ is unlikely. In later legends, he becomes a miracle-worker who drove the snakes out of Ireland. The same legends, concerned to make him the sole ‘apostle of the Irish’, exaggerate the scope of his missionary work. His place of burial was not known, allowing Glastonbury to claim possession of his relics. Feast day, 17 Mar.

“Patrick, St”  The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Ed. John Bowker. Oxford University Press, 2000. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Central Washington University.  17 March 2010  <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t101.e5535>
Have a safe and happy day everyone!

3 Comments on Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Yay for history lessons! Thanks for sharing. I knew nothing about St. Patrick.

    For a mo’, I thought you had actually dyed Charlie. So sad its only photoshop 🙁

  2. Orange is acceptable for St. Patty’s day too, depending on who you’re talking to! People would think he’s a little Irish protestant kitty.

    Apparently in Ireland this will get you jumped but I think its silly. Either way your kitty can be both sides of the Irish flag, haha.

  3. You should put him in a kilt and make him Bonnie Prince Tearlach (Charlie in Gaelic)!
    It’s Scots, but we’re all the same really.

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