It really annoys me that people use St. Patrick’s Day to get black out drunk because St. Patrick has an amazing life story. I used to watch his Saint story all the time as a little kid because we did not have cable (by my parents’ choice) but we did have a lot of VHS tapes. And the story of St. Patrick was a nineties animated adventure on par with any secular animated adventure story of the decade. I ought to know, I watched enough of both.
Saint stories are really just the best and I think a lot can be learned from their inspiring examples. I think too often people assume Saints are just so holy and perfect that they are totally unrelatable for us ordinary folk, but I disagree. I think Saints are merely persistent people who choose to use their flaws and weaknesses as opportunities to perfect themselves (via the grace of God) rather than become a slave to it (through constant indulgence), and that is a heroic choice. And in a world that is so starved for true heroes, I think it’s a shame Saints are not more well known.
That said, a friend of mine a few months back asked me to do a “Bada** Women of the Early Church” series. I just wanted to let her know that I have not forgotten her request and I plan to do it. I’ve just been unforgivably lazy in that such a project would require me to do some research, and I have not yet made the time. It’s a little intimidating because while I’m flattered she thought of me I’m certainly far from an authority on the matter. Normally I write whatever is in my head, with a good deal of refining, and I haven’t undertaken anything close to research since college.
Nonetheless, the Church needs both men and women and I think highlighting the particular and complementary contributions of both would be fun, entertaining, and inspiring. So if there are any Saints you’d like to know more about, specifically in the early Church time frame, message me their name through any of the various social media avenues I publish on and I will do my best to feature them in some way.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!