St. Patrick is a great saint for our times. He was born in Scotland in 387 in a high ranking Roman family. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped and sold as a slave to an Irish owner. During the 6 years of slavery, he leaned the Celtic tongue and about the satanic Irish religion of Druidism. All he suffered, while watching his owner’s animals, caused him to turn to his own religion. In his autobiography, St. Patrick describes what happened:
“and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.”
An angel appeared to him and told him to return to Scotland. He miraculously traveled 200 miles and got a free passage on a boat back to Scotland. But later, through another vision, he heard: “Oh Holy youth, come back to Erin (Ireland), walk once more amongst us“.
Pope St. Celestine I (who called the Council of Ephesus where Mary was proclaim Mother Of God) commissioned St. Patrick to return to Ireland.
As soon as he arrived, the pagan druids began attacking him. But God, Mary and the Angels really helped him by miracles and protection. The devils would talk about him to the druid priests warning them about his bringing Christ through Catholicism.
He was a man of prayer, penance, solitude and miracles. He would go and pray for everyone. Here are some unknown great things that St. Patrick predicted:
- many souls would be free from the pains of purgatory through his intersession;
- whoever in the spirit of penance would recite his hymn before death would attain the heavenly reward;
- barbarian hordes would never obtain sway in his Church;
- seven years before the Judgement Day, the sea would spread over Ireland to save its people from the temptation and terrors of the Antichrist;
- and greatest blessing of all, Patrick himself should be deputed to judge the whole Irish race on the last day.
Now, let us look at Ireland today. It is such a sad situation where there are no vocations to the priesthood and very few Catholics are going to church. The sexual scandal of the Irish priests has been terrible.
At this time when there is discussion about allowing divorced and remarried receiving confession and Holy Communion, the history of Ireland needs to be revisited. It all starts when King Henry VIII killed two wives, divorced two wives, one died from childbirth and one was widowed all because he went against Jesus’ commandment to not divorce. Jesus said: “Let no man separate what God has united.” He was talking about the indissolubility of the marriage oath. If Jesus said: “Let no man separate what God has united.” Mark 10:9. He was talking about the indissolubility of the marriage bond. If for “pastoral reasons” Pope Clement VII had allowed sin, England would still be Catholic today. But the pope held firm to what Jesus and the Catholic Church has always held. And because King Henry VIII went against God’s law, thousands and thousands of Catholics ended up being tortured, killed and lands taken away from them in England and Ireland.
Now I want to go to his daughter Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). She continued the revolt against Rome and Catholicism with the terrible torturing and murdering of Catholics that her father began. And it all began with the revolt against the Catholic teaching in protecting the indissolubility of marriage and against divorce and remarriage.
In Ireland, under Queen Elizabeth, they say an estimated 1.5 million peasants were starved or put to the sword. The English protestants were allowed to seize much of their lands.
Then under Oliver Cromwell (1649) there was more massive confiscation of the Irish lands by protestants as English colonization took place.
It is said that between 1649-1652, one third of the Irish population were destroyed. 20,000 Irish boys and girls were sold into slavery to the west indies. The “Penal laws” stated that “the law does not presume any such person to exist as an Irish Roman Catholic.”
Today most of these facts of Irish history have been forgotten. But on St. Patrick’s feast day it is important to revisit these historical facts.
Here is a drawing of Catholics being hanged, drawn and quartered. Connect the dots. King Henry VIII wanted divorce and separated England from Catholicism and tortured and killed catholics. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I continued the revolt and the killing of Catholics in England and Ireland. And it has gone on and on.
And in the end, we will see these English and Irish martyrs in their glory with St. Patrick, and those who rebelled and cause it all in Hell. Where will we be?
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.