A short story about a little-known in France, but an outstanding person. He changed the course of Irish history by bringing the gospel there.
Patrick of Romano-British origin (born Mayvin Sukkat) was born about 373 in England, the region
this is what is now Wales. He died in 461 or 462, his memorial day is March 17 …
It is often said that this man brought Catholicism to Ireland… but the Christian faith he brought has nothing to do with the Catholic faith that we know. His faith is very close to what we read about the early church in the Bible…
Ireland has a history unlike any other country. It was never captured by the Roman legions. Evangelist Patrick brought Christianity there. He came from a family that had held the faith for at least two generations. We received this information from Patrick himself, as he wrote his testimony under the title “Confessions”. This story has come down to us in five copies. Only one is (or will be) in France at Saint-Vaast Abbey, France, while the other two belong to the library of Salisbury Cathedral in England. This document, which has been positively authenticated, is our main source of information about Patrick and his mission. This shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Patrick preached the gospel as he did in biblical times.
At the age of sixteen, he was captured by a band of pirates and then sold to a tribal chief in what is today County Antrim in Northern Ireland. For six years he has been taking care of the flocks. During this captivity, he gains saving faith in Jesus and turns away from all evil ways. He is condemned for sin: “Before the humiliation,” he writes, “I was like a stone lying under a thick layer of mud. By His grace, the Almighty came and lifted me up and placed me on a high place, on top of a wall. Since then, I can only cry out to the Lord for the tremendous grace He has given me in this world and in eternity.”
Patrick will personally receive a very clear call from God. go and preach the gospel in the country where he was once a prisoner. He tells how he heard this call in a dream: “I saw a man who came, it seems, from Ireland …” Patrick is far from a formalistic religion, which teaches that sacraments must be performed in order to receive salvation ….
Religion based on rituals is completely alien to him. Patrick considered himself a sinner, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. His message is that salvation can only be found in Christ: it is a very different message than the Roman Catholicism of his day…. About thirty years he went to Ireland, accompanied by a few men of conviction like himself, in 405, and for sixty years Patrick travels far and wide in Ireland, proclaiming the gospel of grace and salvation in Jesus Christ.
Patrick and his comrades have a very difficult task. They encounter the ancient pagan religion of the Druids. Druids that people trust. He writes that he baptized thousands of Christians who professed their faith. They also remind of journeys full of dangers, hardships and disappointments. Beyond the Druids, they dealt with the forces of darkness. But they relied on Christ Jesus and the glorious Holy Spirit who comes to convict sin, righteousness, and judgment.
The structure he creates for this church is biblical; a pastor (or elder) is in service in every church. The power of the shepherd is really only the power of a servant who in no way rules over the people. Bible Standards Seem to be Well Enforced. At the end of his life, between 250 and 300 churches were founded.
He also founded monasteries, but they are not at all like what we know, they are more like the “Walden” monasteries and old churches that can be found in Italy and southern France. Men only come here for a few years study the bible in order to then be able to proclaim the gospel to the world, of course, they also get married.
Patrick’s spiritual legacy is confiscated by several events, including the fact that the popes have sent their military might to force Ireland into submission to his control. It begins with Pope Adrian IV (1100/1159), who authorizes King Henry II of England to invade Ireland… He asks him to put an end to the “vices” rooted in Ireland and take Saints Peter and Saints a penny a year per household ….
Then the church will never look like the one Patrick founded!!!
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