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Volume 2
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Apr-Jun 2002

March
17-He Is Risen
16-50 years ago
15-St. Patrick
14-A Song of Drake's Men
13-Cleopatra's Needle

February
12-Ankle Sprains
11-Ski Jumping
10-The Original Tom Thumb
9-Happy Birthday Mom

January
8-Lustron Homes
7-Thinking About Motion Pictures
6-BNSF Rail Yard
5-Petrified Forest
4-Wake Up Jacob
3-Free Throw Specialist
2-House Numbers for Bees
1-Sloppy Joe's Bar

Volume 1
December 2001

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Vol. 2 - March - No. 15
St. Patrick
St. Patrick March 17 - Patrick was not the first missionary to bring Christianity to Ireland, but he was perhaps the most successful. He is sometimes shown with snakes, which he is said to have driven out of Ireland (however, many dispute this), or with shamrocks, which he is said to have used to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.

Patrick, or Patricius was a Romanized Briton born on the western coast of nowadays England near Wales sometime around the latter part of the 4th century. His father, Calpurnius was a deacon and a government official and his grandfather had been a priest. Paricius, however, was not very religious and as he wrote in is Confession, had a very low opinion of priests.

In his teens, Patricius was kidnapped by raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He acted as a shepherd for a local warlord there and in his solitude began to spend much of his time in prayer. "The love of God grew in me more and more, as did the faith" he wrote, "and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the nights, nearly the same". His continuous prayers brought him to a great sense of God and one night he received a vision. He was instructed to flee to the coast, where he found a ship that took him to his homeland.

Again, he heard voices, and this time he was led to the island monastery in Leríns in the south of France. There he studied until his visions instructed him to return to Ireland. In a dream, he had heard the "voice of the Irish", who had called out, "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more". In Ireland he became the most successful missionary to convert the country to Christianity in the fifth century and became a bishop. He was not a scholarly saint and was often accused of "rusticity" or a lack of a higher education, but his vast love and deep and unwavering concern for the individuals in his spiritual care are found in his writings, primarily in his Confession, an explanation of his life and conduct. He died in Ireland in the year 461.

The Confession of St. Patrick
Was St. Patrick Catholic?
The St. Patrick You Never Knew
Patrick of Ireland's Life

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