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A Forgiveness as Old as St. Patty's Day

March 17, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Perhaps St. Patrick has a truth we need today. Patrick, the man behind St. Patty’s Day, grew up in an aristocratic family in Britain. But at sixteen, pirates invaded his hometown, captured, and sold him into slavery in Ireland. After six years of captivity, Patrick escaped, but the Irish never left his heart.

At forty-eight, Patrick, motivated by his Christian faith, returned to Ireland. There he spent the rest of his life returning grace to those who had formerly been his captors. The result? In his lifetime 700 churches were planted, and 1000 priests were ordained. So here’s a St. Patty’s Day question: are you a slave to your circumstances or are you taking every opportunity captive for good? When you open the door to forgiveness, there’s no telling how many doors may open to you.


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