My Dear Friends,
This weekend, Catholic Christians celebrate the 4th Sunday of Lent. On this Sunday, we hear a beautiful discourse by St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians (2: 4-10). In this letter, Paul reminds us that is through the grace – or kindness of God – that we are saved. Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them” (1: 8-10).
This coming Saturday (March 17th), we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick, often called the “Apostle of Ireland,” was most likely from Roman Britain. When he was 16, Irish pirates captured him and took him to Ireland where he, as a slave, took care of animals. However, he eventually escaped, returned to his homeland, and became a Catholic priest. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary and became the first Bishop of Armagh and the Primate of Ireland. He is probably most famous his use of the shamrock as a symbol of the Blessed Trinity: just as the shamrock has 3 leafs but is only one, so too are their Three Divine Persons but only one God.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob