We’re all Irish Today

Everyone’s a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s often said. Of course, this is just an excuse so that those who aren’t Irish (like me) can join in all the fun. Erin go bragh!

At the same time, it does happen to be true- in a manner of speaking. All Catholics are part of St. Patrick’s family, though the communion of saints. We’re all one in the household of God, just as God is one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In perhaps the most famous story of his life, St. Patrick was standing in a grassy field, teaching a crowd about the Trinity. His listeners, however, couldn’t comprehend that three Persons could be one God. So St. Patrick picked up a shamrock, showed it to the people, and they understood: God is three and one, just as one shamrock has three leaves.

The shamrock is a symbol seen at every St. Patrick’s Day celebration. But it’s also a symbol of what we celebrate as Catholics every day: That regardless of where we come from- Ireland or India, Tipperary or Timbuktu, we are all one in God.

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