Friday, March 17, 2017

Pop Quiz: So, You Think You Know About St. Patrick?

POP QUIZ

Pop quiz about St. Patrick and the green holiday.St. Patrick was born in Ireland: True or False?
False – St. Patrick was born in England.

St. Patrick was born to a poor family: True or False?
False - His father was a wealthy alderman.

St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave: True or False?
True - Pirates captured Patrick during a raid and then sold as a slave. He worked as a shepherd of an Irish Chieftain in Ulster. He was enslaved for six years.

Was St. Patrick Catholic, Mormon or Catholic?
Christian. He was raised in a Christian home but gave himself over to the religion when he was held captive.

Green was St. Patrick’s favorite color: True or False?
Who knows for sure? Blue was the color that used to be traditionally associated with the saint, but the color green was symbol of re-birth and eternal life.

St. Patrick founded about 75 churches, 150 churches or 300 churches?
300

St. Patrick drove out all of the snakes in Ireland: True or False?
Mostly false. Snakes have never inhabited the island as the climate would be too cold for them to survive there. However, the story could be metaphor for driving out sin.

It is said that Patrick baptized more than 50,000 people: True or False?
False. It is believed that St. Patrick baptized more than 120,000 people.

After 20 years, St. Patrick went back to his home in England: True or False?
False. Patrick preached in Ireland for the rest of his life. He had established monasteries, churches and schools.

March 17th marks St. Patrick’s birthday or death?
Death.

St. Patrick used a three-leaf shamrock to explain the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: True or False?
Neither. This is a legend that may or may not have happened. However, it is believed that the shamrock became a symbol of Ireland as a result of this legend.

St. Patrick was born in the lap of luxury in Britain near the end of the fourth century. Though technically born into a Christian family, there is little evidence to support that his family was religious. When Patrick was 16-years-old, his father’s estate was attacked by some Irish raiders who kidnapped Patrick. He spent six years in confinement which is when he says God spoke to him. He spent most of his time working as a shepherd with little to no human contact. At least, no real companionship. However, instead of hating the Irishmen, he felt God putting a love for them into his heart.


Patrick wrote that God spoke to him in a dream that it was time for him to leave the country and he was able to escape from those who held him captive. He had to walk 200 miles to the coast before boarding a boat to go home. While back in Britain, Patrick spent the next 15 years to train to become a priest before going back to Ireland to serve as a missionary.

Sources: World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica