A Holiday Founded On Forgiveness

Born to a wealthy British family somewhere between the fourth and sixth centuries (nobody knows for sure), Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders as a teenager and carried to Ireland where he was made a slave. He risked escape after six years in captivity and eventually arrived at the coast. There he boarded a cargo ship bound for his homeland.

You would think Patrick would have been embittered at the Irish. However, 15 years later he returned to Ireland as a missionary. He even went to his former master and paid the full ransom price of a slave as compensation for running away. This astounded the Irish, giving Patrick a platform to share his views.

Through the power of forgiveness, a one-time slave had a tremendous impact on his captors, their entire nation, and ultimately the world for many years to come. And there we find lessons for our own lives and relationships.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

 

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1 Response to A Holiday Founded On Forgiveness

  1. Alan W. says:

    Contrast the story of Saint Patrick with the eye-for-an-eye, revenge-driven storylines of our modern world and that level of forgiveness is mind-boggling. When we’ve been wronged, it’s so easy to rationalize that God would be on our side if we should seek retaliation. After all, we are the good ones striking back against the bad. But that’s the flawed premise that’s fueled so many wars and bloodshed in mankind’s history. I read St. Patrick’s story and shake my head in amazement … amazement that God’s will was done in spite of all Patrick’s reasons to do destructive things in God’s name.

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