"La Shona Fheile Padraig"
Later, when he escaped form Ireland, he studied to become a priest. But Patrick always felt that he must go back to Ireland to bring that pagan land to Christ. At last his wish came true. He was consecrated Bishop and sent by the Holy Father to Ireland. How happy he was to bring the good news of the true God to the poor pagans of the land where once he had been a slave!
Right from the start, Patrick suffered much. His relatives and friends wanted him to quite before the pagan Irish killed him. Yet the Saint kept on preaching about Jesus, traveling from one village to another. He never rested, and he did great penance for these people whom he so loved. Before he died, the whole nation was Christian! And besides bringing the Irish to the Faith, he made them civilized, learned people.
Despite such great success, St. Patrick never grew proud. He called himself a poor sinner and gave all the praise to God.
So many of the Irish imitated this holy Apostle that Ireland is called the “Isle of Saints.”
Today, we shall perform at least one spiritual work of mercy. For example, we may pray for missionaries in pagan lands.
Two coloring pictures of Saint Patrick and another of The Blessed Trinity can be found below.