A second chance for a middle-aged guy
Patrick was middle-aged when he returned to the island of his servitude. He had listened to his dreams and he had taken a huge chance.
He left the comfort of the family home he had known in Britain and his monastery home in the south of France and put his life on the line in Ireland.
That might not sound appealing, but for the next two decades Patrick lived a wildly generous, self-forgetting and deeply satisfying life grounded in faith.
According to Bede, the communities which Patrick founded in Ireland became havens of education for young English men. A century after his death, Aidan brought learning and Christ's teachings of peace back to England, to strife-torn Northumbria.
You might have noticed that we have a number of posts and files on Christianity in Britain. (By chance, those include a number of recent posts.) There are at least two reasons for this.
The first reason is that the subject is dear to us. The second is that you could not describe China without talking about Confucius or explain Tibet without talking about Buddhism. Likewise, you cannot understand Britain - and the best of the Brits - without talking about Christianity and Christ.
Patrick was the second man in recorded history to publicly attack slavery. Yup, it took awhile for people to speak out. Don't hesitate to do your own speaking out today and every day.
Happy St Paddy's Day!