As most know, it is the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death and so the occasion for his Feast Day. I suppose Saint Patrick’s Day has become, like Christmas, as much of a secular holiday as a religious one. And yet I still find it somewhat amusing to see young children who are likely not Catholic or perhaps even Christian dressed up today to celebrate a man famous for converting Ireland to Catholicism. (I should note, St Patrick is venerated as a saint by not only Catholics but also the Orthodox, Episcopalians, and Lutherans). And though it should be obvious, St Patrick was not the drunken Irish leprechaun type. In fact, he was not Irish at all but born in Scotland to Roman parents. When he was a young man, he was taken captive by Irish raiders and enslaved for 6 years. He eventually escaped and became a priest, and returned to Ireland to evangelize. He was, by most accounts, not initially well received by many of the Irish. But he is largely credited now with converting Ireland to the Catholic faith. It is, then, a feast day for a very good reason.
One of the things Saint Patrick is famous for is supposedly using the 3-leafed clover as an analogy for the Trinity. I’m not sure if he did, but this amusing video explains why perhaps he should not have.