Words by Brittany Pettinger
“If I have any worth, it is to live my life
for God so as to teach these peoples; even
though some of them still look down on
me.” — St. Patrick
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the
corner, I thought it would be fitting to write
something dedicated to the man it’s named
after. All the information I have on the
history of St. Patrick, I got while visiting
Ireland in 2014.
Despite popular belief, St. Patrick was
not actually from Ireland. He was born in
Roman Britain and didn’t come to Ireland
until he was 16 – after being captured by
Irish pagans. While held in captivity, he
worked as a shepherd. Through prayer he
converted to Christianity. He eventually
escaped his captors, and later returned to
Ireland as a missionary.
In the fall of 2014, I had the privilege of
visiting Armagh, Northern Ireland, which
has two cathedrals dedicated to St. Patrick.
It was so amazing to get a glimpse of the
mission he started in such an amazing
Never lose hope that you can bring change
to others. The smallest of things can have
the biggest impact. I highly encourage
you to look up the stories of other saints
(St. Nicholas and St. Valentine are great
examples) and see how their actions
spoke volumes. God created you to make a
The world can be a scary place, but we have
a protector, and with Him, we can do all
things. I leave you with this Irish blessing
and prayer. I hope that you find the same
encouragement in it that I did.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you
in the palm of His hand.
Advice to youth/young adults? Be who you want
you to be.