In 385, Calpurnius and Conchessa Succat welcomed their son, Maewyn, into the family. At the age of 14, Maewyn was captured by a band of raiders and taken from his native Kilpatrick, Scotland to Ireland, where for the next 6 years he served as a slave herding and tending sheep. During his captivity, he turned to God and grew to love the people of Ireland who were largely pagans at the time. Following his escape, Maewyn returned to Britain until he felt called by God to return to Ireland for the sake of sharing the gospel with its people.
For the next 40 years, Maewyn traveled throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Maewyn’s message. A message that, in part, included the use of a shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity. After years of living a life known for his humility, love, and gentleness, Maewyn died March 17, 461 in Saul, Ireland where he had built the town’s first church. Over 1500 years later, we still commemorate his death as St. Patrick’s Day.
Long before parades and green attire, there was a man dedicated to taking the good news of God’s love to a people who had once enslaved him. What a difference one solitary life, wholly-devoted to God can make in this world. Thank you, Maewyn Succat (aka, St. Patrick) for your example. How beautiful, indeed, are the feet of those who bring good news of God’s love (Romans 10:15). –Dave
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