Commentary

March 14, 2014

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays (along with St. Valentine’s Day).  What most people don’t realize is Patrick was not even Irish.  He was born in Britain and taken as a slave by the Irish when he was a teenager.  Though he escaped a few years later, he felt called by God to return to the land of his slavery.  He then spent years working among his captors bringing light to a dark land.  What drives a person to overcome terrible circumstances and bitter memories?  An excerpt from St. Patrick’s ancient hymn gives us a clue: “I bind unto myself today, the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need. The wisdom of my God to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward; The word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.”

Through our prayers — an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community

- Use St Patrick’s hymn as a guide for your prayers this week.




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