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March 17, 2006

what would St. Patrick blog?

i really don't know -- but i'm sure he'd have quite a bit to say. after all, a half-Italian, half-Scottish boy who first went to Ireland as a slave and kidnap victim had more than a few adventures, visions, and transformations to become that country's patron saint. i'm pretty sure that if possible, Patrick would've kept a blog ; after all, his writings and prayers are the only reason we know anything about fifth-century Ireland -- not only are there no other written records from Britain or Ireland during that time, but there is simply nothing at all from Ireland prior to Patrick's blog posts writings.

and i owe St. Patrick, or at least his adopted country, for this blog. no really, it was during my first visit to Ireland -- a whirlwind adventure with Ms. Jen -- that i became determined to make a go of this blogging thing. i haven't been nearly as prolific as i wish i could be; the thought of trying to post more than once a week makes me a little dizzy. i still feel, deep down, that i have to come up with something utterly brilliant or why bother? i still feel totally out of my league with the whole idea of a worldwide community of voices that i've somehow become part of. but that is what i appreciate most about HadashiWorld: the whole community it's ushered me into. thanks for sticking with me, everyone!

and in honor of St. Patrick himself, i offer this prayer of his, which was spoken at my wedding:
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil one.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

the faith Patrick lived out was a celebration of trust in a loving, healing God -- free of the gloomy strictures of the existing religiousity of the Roman church. he believed in the goodness of creation, in the value of culture, and in the mystery of redemption. and so to celebrate his feast day, i think i'd like to be more aware of the joy and revelry that comes simply from gratitude: not just for the intangible, but for the sensory world. excuse me while i step outside, breathe deeply, pick a lemon from my backyard tree, and give thanks.

Posted by hadashi at March 17, 2006 7:06 AM


Check out www.northridgebuzz.blogspot.com for more stories on St. Patrick and Irish recipes.

Posted by: c-mo at March 17, 2006 8:57 AM

I had no idea he was Scottish-Italian! Yay for transplants! You would like one of Marty's songs made from this prayer... you can download it at:

This prayer always reminds me of the Diné hózhó prayer... I'm sure you've heard the typical short one "In beauty I walk..." Last night I was reading N. Scott Momaday and he mentioned another hózhó prayer that I love. I'll email it to you.

Posted by: ernli Author Profile Page at March 27, 2006 9:12 PM

i don't think i have heard it, ernli. post it here if you like.

Posted by: hadashi at March 28, 2006 11:31 AM

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