Archive | March 4, 2017

 

A Little History:

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

Two of Our Favorite Saints  in March

If you grew up in an Irish household, of course you would wear green on March 17. That’s the feast day of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. (St. Brigid being the other one).

But if you grew up in an Italian, Polish, or other household, you might wear red on March 17. Why? Well, lots of mothers felt that Patrick got all the attention and St. Joseph got nothing. Joseph’s feast day is March 19. So if you ever wondered why a bunch of kids were wearing red to the school’s Patrick day celebration, now you know.

Why is Patrick important? Well, there’s a lot of imagery in the Catholic Church.  One idea that some people have a hard time with is the idea or the image of the Trinity.  That’s where you have three persons in one God.  God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Patrick really understood that.

He was born in Scotland.  When he was just 16 years old, he was kidnapped by pirates, and taken to Ireland and made a slave.  Eventually he did escape, and went back to Scotland, and he became a priest.

It wasn’t all Brigadoon, sitting around in his kilt. No, God came to Patrick with a plan: go back to Ireland and teach those pagans about the Trinity.

Patrick got a great idea.  Ireland was completely covered with shamrocks, which are really like three-leaf clovers.  Patrick thought he could use the shamrock to teach those pagans about the Trinity.  Because, the shamrock, like the Trinity, is one stem with three leaves.

It was a great idea, but those barbarians weren’t buying it.  So Patrick cooked up a small miracle.  He drove all the snakes out of Ireland.  Somehow, they all ended up as politicians in Washington, D.C.

You can see why we like Patrick. But you can’t forget St. Joseph.

It was Joseph’s job to be the stepfather to Jesus and the protector of Mary. Right there, that’s big enough reason to feature him.

But there’s another good reason. It’s also a known fact that least half the population uses St. Joseph to sell their homes. Here’s what you do:  Get yourself a statue of St. Joseph, go in the back yard and dig a hole, bury him head down, facing the house. Now be careful, if you bury him the wrong way, there could be problems. Bury him sideways and you might sell the neighbor’s house.

After the deal closes, go back and dig him up! Put him in a place of honor. He did a favor for you, you do a favor for him. Kind of an Italian thing. That might explain why he’s such a big saint in Italy.