Thursday, March 17, 2011
An Irish Grandfather
Thursdays are always a busy day for me because I go to a Bible study and run all the errands I haven’t gotten to during the beginning of the week. Thus, I do the quote of the week since it is a short post. Today I was so busy that I didn’t even get that done. I had wanted to discuss some quotes from Saint Patrick, but I will tell a story instead.
Yesterday I mentioned how we have secularized many Christian/Catholic Feast Days. Christmas has turned to Santa Claus, Easter to the Easter Bunny, Saint Valentine’s Day to the cherub, and Saint Patrick’s Day to Leprechauns. A couple of years ago a friend called her grandfather who still resides in Ireland. She asked what he did to celebrate their patron saint. “What you are supposed to do. I went to Mass!” Saint Patrick must have chuckled from that and agreed most readily with her grandfather.
I must confess I didn’t go to Mass. Instead, I skipped Mass to go to my hair appointment. I wouldn’t make a good Irish Catholic. A Norwegian Catholic I do quite well though. After my appointment, I came home and made corned beef, Irish stew, and Irish Soda Bread. The entire time I thought of Patrick. After dinner I took a walk and thought of the two hundred miles he had to walk to the coast of Ireland to escape slavery. Tomorrow I will discuss a couple of quotes from this great man of God.
Blessing to you all.