St. Patrick’s Day (385-461)
Wearing of the Green

Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?  One legend says the custom comes from the color of the shamrock, which St. Patrick is said to have used to teach about the Trinity: The stem represents the one divine nature, and the three leaves are the three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Another explanation notes that back in the 18th century, the Irish people were said to wear green so that they’d be invisible to the leprechauns (who would pinch anyone they could see).  Some folks say the color green is actually considered unlucky in Ireland because it is the leprechaun’s  favorite color.  Brides, in particular, never wear green on their wedding day.  Other Irish saints are: St. Aidan, St. Brigid, St. Columban, St. Columbkille, and St. Kieran.

“Christ beside me, Christ before me; Christ behind me, Christ within me;…Christ in the heart of all who know me, Christ on the tongue of all who meet me, Christ in the eye of all who see me.” (Prayer of St. Patrick) St. Patrick, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.

“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God can take events of the past and weave them so skillfully into a new plan for us that not only do we find there is a future for us after all, but it is as if there have been no wasted years.  – David Adam, The Edge of Glory