was a great Christian.
was very bold for Christ.
exemplified what the Lord can do through someone who is committed fully to him.
was a Celtic Christian a few hundred years before Roman Catholicism was introduced into Ireland.
Thomas Cahill, author of the book, "How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe," notes that the Irish, Patrick
in particular, played a key role in history.
Meanwhile, through Patrick
, the Gospel was brought to Ireland and several men became monks who then became scribes and made copies of manuscripts of the Bible and of ancient writings.
grew up in England as a nominal Christian.
said in "Confession" that he
did not know the true God.
At the age of 16, marauding Irish pirates laid waste his
city and captured many as slaves, including Patrick
would write: "As a youth, nay, almost as a boy not able to speak, I was taken captive, before I knew what to pursue and what to avoid."
said, "I was taken into captivity to Ireland with many thousands of people-and deservedly so, because we turned away from God, and did not keep his
For six years, he worked as a slave for a landowning chief.
Cahill notes that during this time, he
had two companions: hunger and nakedness.
served as a shepherd, he
prayers of his
youth and came to know God truly through Jesus Christ.
After six years of captivity, Patrick
heard the voice of the Lord.
own words: "And there one night I heard in my sleep a voice saying to me: `It is well that you fast, soon you will go to your own country.' And again, after a short while, I heard a voice saying to me: `See, your ship is ready.' And it was not near, but at a distance of perhaps two hundred miles, and I had never been there, nor did I know a living soul there; and then I took to flight, and I left the man with whom I had stayed for six years.
And I went in the strength of God who directed my way to my good, and I feared nothing until I came to that ship."
escaped at that time.
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy notes, "He
vowed revenge-the noble revenge of sharing the gospel with the people who held him captive.
believed that he
had been called by God to return to the land of his
, after some theological training, eventually returned to Ireland where he
spent the rest of his
life (about thirty years) as a missionary.
may well have baptized about 120,000 souls.
Some scholars note that he
was the most successful missionary since the Apostle Paul.
wrote this, "Daily, I expect murder, fraud or captivity... but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven.
I have cast myself into the hands of God almighty who rules everywhere."
There is a famous prayer attributed to Patrick
, though it was likely written later; this beautiful statement of faith is called St. Patrick's Breastplate.
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