Posted by: fvbcdm | March 16, 2012

Feast of Saint Matilda (14 Mar 2012)

As I look at my calendar, I find that within the next week, we will have the Ides of March tomorrow; the commemoration of Saint Patrick of Ireland on March 17, and the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19.  

 

As to the Ides of March, did Julius Caesar actually die on that day in the year 44 B.C., or was that an invention of Shakespeare?   I leave that to your research, and prefer to dwell today on Saint Patrick, the apostle of Ireland.  It is possible that his life and accomplishments are the most successful story of evangelization in the entire history of the Church.  And the number of people who actually embraced our holy faith through the personal preaching of Saint Patrick is as nothing in comparison with their descendants down through the centuries between the year 400 and our own year of 2012.  For these eight hundred years, the people of Ireland and their offspring have been a very rich soil into which the seed of the gospel has fallen, where it has germinated, and from which it has spread to every corner of the earth.  It’s a wonderful and true story of the triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ and his “good news.” which is what “gospel” means.

 

Many of us are of Irish descent; others have benefited from the Irish influence in our society, our church, our world.  So as we celebrate Saint Patrick on the March 17th of this year, let us be grateful for what has come to us either directly or indirectly from that giant of church history, and let us pray through his intercession for a new springtime of evangelization, about which our recent Popes have spoken so frequently and which they desire so ardently.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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