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The strength of St. Patrick

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St. Patrick's gift to us is the example of his determination in prayer.

Guest blog post by Amanda Curran

For me Celtic spirituality is about embracing not only who I am individually but also who we are as a community and as a nation.

St. Patrick left behind him a deep impression that still lies in the hearts of people in not only Ireland but throughout the world. What he stood for was not merely prayer, but unceasing prayer: a prayer from the heart, a prayer that is not rocked by difficulties, a prayer that can withstand any storm.

Patrick was like any of us. He was human but the difference is that he embodied everything that Christ was and he gave his life for this. He was compassionate, he was strong, and he was real. Celtic spirituality for me is about honoring his legacy, honoring my culture, and embracing Christianity as a whole.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
-From St. Patrick's Breastplate

Guest blogger Amanda Curran is a U.S. Catholic reader and parishioner living in Kells, a small town in Ireland.

Guest blog posts express the views of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.