St. Patrick’s Day 2022
On March 17 each year, St. Patrick, patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, is remembered for the transforming impact that he made on the people of his time.
Patrick lived in Britain in the fifth century and, as a young man, he was taken from his family by Irish pirates and enslaved. He spent his youth as a herdsman before escaping and managing to get back to his family. The personal faith that had sustained him during this time continued to grow and develop as he rediscovered his freedom. Patrick received a vision in which a voice called out to him, “We beg you, holy boy, to come and walk again among us.” Patrick awoke with the conviction that he had been called to return to Ireland as a missionary. And so, he went.
What a calling: “Come and walk again among us.” Patrick was not a scholar or experienced leader. The qualities that he brought to his calling were his moral purpose and clear conviction that God was leading him. He returned to Ireland and sought to exemplify in his own life the teachings and worldview that had been so transformative in his own life. Ireland changed forever because of Patrick’s life and work. That’s what is celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day.
Patrick’s vision, “to come and walk again among us,” in many ways parallels the Mission of Adventist HealthCare, to “extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.” I am inspired by how our AHC team brings this Mission to life in how they live their lives and do their jobs. We “walk among” one another with God’s care in our hearts, and it shapes all our interactions – with our fellow team members, our patients, their families, and all those we encounter. The commitment to our shared calling can be observed throughout our organization, every day.
The famous prayer and poem called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” is traditionally attributed to Patrick. In the prayer, the saint binds himself to God to guide, protect and comfort him.
Amid the shamrocks and wearing of the green, may this also be a part of our appreciation of St. Patrick – that he accepted a sacred mission for his life, that he walked and lived among a people he felt called to serve, and that he believed that through a life of faith he would know God’s power to be with him and within him.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!