Who was St Patrick?

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

If you feel like you need a little brush-up on (one of) Ireland’s patron saint(s), check this out.

If you want a somewhat controversial take on St. Patrick, go here.

And if you want to know some interesting Irish Fun Facts, go here.

And yes, I’m mostly Irish. And yes I have pride in my heritage, but I’m not much of a fan of public drunken brawling and slurring. I find myself agreeing with Frank Delaney’s take on celebration of St Patrick’s Day…”Drowning The Shamrock”.

Sigh.

Here’s a picture of me in Ireland in 2007:

Dursey Island

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

The  only Pope I ever met, served Mass for- and who touched my face more than once, is now being moved closer to sainthood- with the current Pope’s gratitude for his predecessor doing most of the heavy lifting in the past 40 years, apparently.

I really liked the man personally, and found him to be very kind and genuine in every encounter we had (hence the photo- I love that he was playful). Being a liberal, I would have liked him to be more like myself, but don’t we all want that?

But, more to the point, this beatification is an excellent sleight of hand- especially with the church fighting for survival in so many places. John Paul’s popularity and personal charisma is such a stark contrast to the man in the chair now, that I can’t help but think this will backfire.

Maybe it’s the fight that’s the problem. The church always did have a weakness for warlike metaphor….