51—St. Patrick: Paternal and Patristic
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Forget the shamrocks. Pour the green beer down the sink, and drive the snakes from the Emerald Isle of your imagination. Listen up and encounter the real St. Patrick, author of two passionate, fascinating Christian works—deserving of a place with the Church Fathers. Patrick arrived in pagan Ireland in the fifth century, first as a slave and then as an itinerant bishop. By the end of his life, Ireland was a Christian nation.
Patrick of Ireland, Confessio https://www.confessio.ie/etexts/confessio_english#
Patrick of Ireland, Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus https://www.confessio.ie/etexts/epistola_english#
James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide
Fr. Billy Swan, “‘I Am Patrick’ Is Perhaps the Best Film Yet on Ireland’s Greatest Saint,” Word on Fire, March 17, 2020
Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
Mike Aquilina’s books https://catholicbooksdirect.com/writer/mike-aquilina/
Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed http://www.ccwatershed.org
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