What do you think about when I mention Saint Patrick’s Day? A lot of drunken fools and dressed in ridiculous green outfits bought in Dollar Stores, drinking green beer and singing in fake Irish accents? Parades and other mindless activities to keep the proles happy and entertained? If you do, you’re not alone; most people think of it this way. Hold that picture in your mind.
How much do we know about St. Patrick of Ireland? He lived from around 389 until about 461 and wrote the following two verses in one of his hymns, I Bind Unto Myself Today:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me;
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger.
Christ the heart of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three-in-One, and One-in-Three, of whom all nature hath creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Praise to the Lord of my salvation; salvation is of Christ the King.
The contrast between these two pictures is stunning, yet that is how the world has systematically edged God and decency out and replaced it with asinine materialism and degeneracy. I urge you to read more about St. Patrick here and to read the rest of his beautiful hymn here.
We always have two choices, and usually, the right one is the least popular and known. Which one will you choose today? The high road of the low road?