Today is St. Patrick's Day at my blog.
St. Patrick was said to have rid Ireland of snakes without wrecking the island's ecosystem. That fact alone makes him aces in my book.(Snakes? I'm agin 'em.)
More remarkably, though, Patrick brought a message of PEACE to the land of the Great Gauls. Here was found a savagely bloodthirsty people(*2) who would, wearing little more clothing than what they were born with, engage one another in hand-to-hand combat, struggling to the death, just for the fun of it.(*3)
I'm thinking of y'all Gentle Readers as I type out the translation of ancient Gaelic words that St. Patrick may have used. I am mentally changing the "I" to "you," so as to be speaking this blessing in advance, with every keystroke, over the head of every blessed soul who visits this page: Deep peace to you.
To hearJohn Rutter's lovely choral arrangement of this, click here
(*) For every one, I say: even the person who turned me into an erstwhile FaceBook friend; even the political blogger who referred to me as a "B"; even the neocons and the neo-liberals. Peace to you, and peace to those with whom you interact.
(*2) "For the Great Gauls of Ireland, are the men that God made mad, for all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad." GK Chesterton
(*3) The Irish took St. Patrick's message to heart and dialed the aggression way down, though the Fightin' Irish of the University of Notre Dame may upon occasion dial it back up again