Among the Saints: Patrick

For the Feast of St. Patrick, here’s a link to Patrick’s autobiography, The Confession, written in the 400s.  It tells of his capture by pirates as a teen, slavery in Ireland as a herder, his escape and return to Ireland as a Christian bishop. Reading between the lines, it also introduces us quite intimately to this humble and faithful man who emptied himself in service to Christ.

 ”I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age.  I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people…”

A printed copy of Patrick’s Confession is available in my library.  The entire (relatively short) text is available online here.


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