Sunday 17 March 2013

JC et al.--Living in Truth 4

Seeing Ourselves--and Others--Clearly
(This trippy little video shares some interesting facts about Patrick.
It does not address his character or his heart for the Irish people.) 
Ego Patricius,
peccator rusticissimus
et minimus omnium fidelium
et contemptibilis sum apud plurimos.
I am Patrick,
a most unlearned sinner,

the least of all the faithful,
and utterly despised by many.
Patrick's impact on 5th century Ireland was multiplied far beyond the Irish shores, via his colleagues and their progeny, his example, and his autobiography, the Confessio (Confessions of Saint Patrick). His opening sentence in The Confessions, cited above, reflects his comitment to live in truth with humility and perseverance. The Patrick of history is far more attractive--with all of his strengths and weaknesses--than the Patrick of legend. His understanding of the person and worth of Christ spurred him and his companions onward as they worked among the Irish.
Ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνα με λέγετε εἶναι 
Who do you say I am?
Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:15 

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