Five Things I Learned From St. Patrick

Five Things I Learned From St. Patrick

5 Things I Learned From St Patrick

I have recently been reading about Saint Patrick and have been reminded of how amazing he was. As a teenager he was kidnapped and held in slavery for years. He escaped while he was in his early twenties and made it home, but that was only the beginning of St. Patrick’s story. What happened next changed the world as we know it. St. Patrick actually returned to Ireland, where he had lived as a slave. He had become a cleric and felt called to return to Ireland to reach the people there for God and to share the Gospel.

As I reread St. Patrick’s story, I was reminded of so many of life’s lessons and wisdom. Today I want to share five of these with you.

Be Humble

When St. Patrick returned to his homeland, he had missed years of formal education while his peers had continued on in school. He began his studies again and constantly struggled with feeling that his writing and speaking skills were not good enough. While there was some truth in his self-criticism, his humility went further than simply feeling that others were better writers than he. St. Patrick easily admitted that God was the source of his wisdom and he relied on God to equip him for his mission. St. Patrick was a very humble man who left a powerful legacy.

Love Your Enemies

Sometimes it can be so hard to love your enemies. When people in our life hurt us, our first response is often to hurt them back. So it is hard to fathom the idea of putting our lives in danger in order to reach out to the very people who kidnapped and enslaved us. Yet that is exactly what St. Patrick did. His time as a slave was very difficult but he did not forget the great need that the people of Ireland had for the hope of the Gospel. There are very few examples of loving your enemies that are greater than St. Patrick’s model.

Listen to God

Many pray for an audible voice from God but most of us hear Him in different ways. St. Patrick had several times in his life where a voice did speak to him. The first time this happened was when he was told that he would soon be free and that a ship was available to take him home. After this, he escaped and found a ship at a port that was 200 miles away. While I do not expect to hear that audible voice, I do listen for God and I hear him in countless ways. Listening to God freed St. Patrick,  caused him to train as a cleric, and led him back to Ireland. Listening to God changed millions of lives.

Keep Hope Alive

While Patrick was a slave he had moments of sorrow but he grew closer to God every day. He believed that God would lead him home. Even when things seemed hopeless, he help on to hope.


This piece of wisdom is closely related to the advice to love your enemies. You cannot love your enemies until you have forgiven them. St. Patrick could have spent his entire life plotting revenge on his captors, but he did just the opposite. He forgave his captors and then spent the rest of his life working to reach the culture of those who had enslaved him.

Eventually the culture of Ireland was transformed and history has looked very favorably upon the work done by St. Patrick.  March 17, the date of St. Patrick’s death, is a day that the faithful remember his work. Of course, it is also a day for people to pretend to be Irish and drink green beer, but that is another story.

Five Things I Learned From St. Patrick

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  1. Mommy Pamela says

    Sad to say, but the only thing I know of St. Patrick is corned beef and green beer. I think I should/will look into his story; it sounds very intriguing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Debra Wagner says

    Wow, I didnt know all that! He sounds amazing. Love St.Patricks day and I will be making Corned Beef and Cabbage from a recipe off the blog “Around My Family Table”

    • Thanks Debra! We love celebrating St Patty’s Day. Thanks for the info Janice…I didn’t know a lot of that. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Purtee says

    I actually learned of this within the past couple of years from a VeggieTale movie:)

  4. Had no idea! Thanks for this post!

  5. Krystal V. says

    This is so interesting 🙂

  6. Maria Iemma says

    We are not Irish but we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way – it was interesting to learn all the facts you have posted, I did not know a few of them.

  7. Vanessa Mabel Camba says

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  8. Debra Wagner says

    Those are great things to live by! Just love them.

  9. thanks for sharing great things for st patricks

  10. What a lovely post. I struggle with forgiving people that have hurt me even if they say they didn’t mean to. I am working on that this year as a daily thing.

  11. This proves that St. Patricks Day should be celebrated whole-heartedly

  12. Emma Brown says

    We don’t celebrate St. Patricks Day in my country, but it’s interesting to read about it 🙂