|Saint Patrick ☘ (shamrocked_) wrote,|
@ 2010-08-08 00:07:00
I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire.
"I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many nations, even to the ends of the earth, where I, in my smallness, am now to be found among foreigners."
PERSONALITYThe American Saint Patrick was once the studious, brave and determined man he had been during his lifetime. He has been so influenced by modern culture, that while those traits are things he still possesses, he is incredibly changed. Even his appearance has changed.
I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that "all that I am," I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.
He is loyal, kind, loving, sweet, and he is the human embodiment of one of the largest parades in the US. He doesn't often keep still, and he feels restless a lot of the time. His default personality is "YAYHI!" Of course there is more to him than this.
Patrick embodies all the stereotypes of Irish culture celebrated on St. Patrick's Day. He is the stereotypical mad-Irishman with crazy, red hair and a crazy laugh. He has a mad temper, he drinks, he's loud. He loves to dance and sing, he wears a lot of green and he goes mad for parades. No. Really. Guy would drop everything for a parade. He's not a angry man, he's just...'influenced' that way. Don't even get him started on the topic of the Troubles either. You'll be there all night.
He does, however, have his more serious side when he can get his head around what he used to be. He is still venerated within the Catholic Church as a Saint and while this worship is less widely practised, it still exists. When he's more serious, he worries deeply on the state of the world. As the man who rid Ireland of the Druids he does actively try to make a difference. His job is with a shelter which works with homeless youths, trying to take them in to get them off the streets. He is kind, and gentle and serious when in this frame of mind. It is his saintly side and his side who just wants to help people. (And sometimes he uses charity to try to convert people. Shhhhh, that's TOTALLY allowed.)
No matter what frame of mind he is in, he is usually kind and very much concerned about the welfare of others. One side is just more serious about it than the other one. And when he's drunk, sometimes he doesn't care about anything. And sometimes he's so excitable it's really hard to calm him down.
Since the belief that he got rid of the snakes in Ireland, even though it is complete bollocks, he is scared to death of snakes. Yes, even though he is prayed to to assuage this fear. It's like he takes it away from the person, and owns it himself. He is, in fact, so scared of snakes that he has nightmares about them weekly, and he can't even watch movies that have snakes IN them. If confronted with snakes, he will scream like a girl and curl up into a ball and weep. It remains one of the only things he is afraid of, beyond himself.
His patronage includes several things to do with snakes (believe me, when he comes upon them, he prays to God too...), excluded people which is why he worked in a shelter, and apparently...engineers. Okay.
I cannot keep silent, nor would it be proper, so many favours and graces has the Lord deigned to bestow on me in the land of my captivity.
Patrick was born in what is now Scotland in 387 to the high-ranking Romans Calphurnius and Conchessa and, like most young people, he spent his first 16 or so years doing nothing much of note. Mozart, he is not.
In what was most likely his sixteenth year, he was taken as a slave to Ireland, where he spent six years in captivity. His master was a Druid by the name of Milchu who used Patrick to tend his flocks. It was a difficult time for him and in his Confessio he later said he was lonely and his only constant companions were hunger and cold. It was there he found faith. He prayed to God to be saved and he was, though he later believed that his time there was preparing him for his future work. He learned the language, and he learned about Druidism.
He escaped his master and booked passage on a ship to Britain. Once back with his loved ones, he decided to devote his life to God who had saved him from his servitude. He became a priest and was part of several missionary journeys to combat paganism and to turn heathens to God. He eventually returned to Ireland and the home of his former master. He tried to turn the man to God, rather than take revenge on him. However, after hearing of Patrick's miracles (which he did at least one of by then), the man threw himself into a fire like a big, burning drama queen because he couldn't stand the shame of being beaten in a who's cooler contest by one of his former slaves. Yeah, he totally won that one, didn't he?
Patrick continued his journey of miracles (being unharmed by Druidfire) and pagan-killing (oh wait, I mean turning to God, damn those fake biographies okay) until he engaged in an altercation with a Druid chief. The Druid took to wing to escape and by the power of prayer, Patrick caused the Druid to fall from the sky to the rocks below. Real kind there, Pat! I am sure, this did not endear him to ANY of the Celtic deities and wouldn't be surprised if they still harbour resentment (except Liam who thinks he is dreadfully funny! God lol).
And thus, the Druids were gone from the land of Ireland (or so mythology says, reality says quite differently), and Patrick brought them Christianity. Amen. It is said that he taught them of the Holy Trinity by using the three-leaf clover as a symbol. He baptised people and answered their questions about the faith. He survived assassination attempts and continued to perform miracles all over the Emerald Isle. He continued to live in Ireland, watching over the churches he had founded there, until his death on March 17th, 461 (or so it is believed).
After his death, Patrick continued to work in Ireland, strengthening faith and watching over the land. He became patron saint of Ireland in the 8th century, which pleased him, but he didn't allow himself too much pride. He spent time travelling with the fellow patron saints of the UK whom he came to see as brothers and he witnessed all over the UK. And he and Saint George had lovely adventures hunting down kelpies and the like in the midst of everything else.
He fought alongside his countrymen in wars and he watched in sadness as Ireland was separated into two countries. He has a bit of a silent issue with England for what they did to Ireland, but being English himself he can't be too down on them. He hopes that one day, he will see a reunified Ireland. He does not, however, take this out on St. George. Patrick has the infinite ability and wisdom to separate the deeds of the country from the deeds of his family.
During the reign of Henry Tudor, Patrick spent some time imprisoned in The Tower of London due to his resistance to the reformation. He had been hiding those wo refused to accept Henry as the head of the church, as well as keeping Cardinal Pole hidden. He gave himself up rather than let Pole be taken. He was executed by beheading.
Later, during the reign of Queen Mary I, Patrick took to hiding protestants, something he never thought he would do. But the Marian raids broke his heart. He harboured one Anabaptist, John. Though he doesn't remember what happened between them yet, the pair became close, thus giving a base for their current relationship.
The American Patrick showed up with the Irish immigrants in the 1740s. He has spent his life there devoted to doing good works. For a long time, he worked with the church, setting up shelters and feeding the hungry because he remembers what it was like when he suffered. He continued sharing the faith and witnessing to people, trying to bring them to God. He worked with immigrants from Ireland while they were treated like shit, and since then he traveled to Florida and California (where he worked with Agatha) also helping immigrant populations who needed his help.
During the 1910s and 20s he assisted Padraig (the Irish Patrick) with the rebellion in Ireland. He returned to Ireland once for two weeks during the first Bloody Sunday massacre, overseeing the goings on in Dublin while Padraig was in England. He doesn't remember this.
More recently, he's branched out from the church simply because there's greater license to help outside of it. He has been working as a youth worker at a shelter which caters to street kids, giving them a place to sleep at night and warm food. He witnesses to them as well, though he tries to do it less obviously these days. He is sick of losing kids from the shelter because they're sick of being preached to.
He is in the St. Patrick's Day parade every year (apparently the one in NYC is the biggest one in the world). When he's feeling creative, he sings songs of the mother country in an Irish Pub near his house. He spends most of his free time working to advocate for Irish immigrants and various other projects.
Having two, very differing sides to his personality does get rather tiring. Sometimes he loses track of himself and he has trouble remembering why he has done something. Every year the saintly side and the PARTY side get farther and father away from each other it's almost like a schism. Thanks to the help of the Greek muse of History, he has remembered much of what he has forgotten, but he still has a bit to go. In the meantime, he has his family and his Clio to journey with him.
All these I place, by God's almighty help and grace, between myself and the powers of darkness.
FULL NAME: Saint Patrick of Ireland
ALIAS: Patrick Finnegan
CURRENT AGE: 1,624
DATE OF BIRTH: 387
PLACE OF BIRTH: Roman Britain
MARITAL STATUS: Taken by Clio
OCCUPATION: Advocate for Irish Immigrants
PATRONAGE: Ireland, Nigeria, The archdiocese of New York, the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, Engineers, Excluded people, paralegals and he is invoked against snakes and snakebites
PARENTS: Calpurnius and Conchessa
Saint George of England ~ Brother
Saint David of Wales ~ Brother
Bridget Llwelyn ~ Sister-in-law
Saint Darerca of Valentia Island ~ Sister
OTHER RELATIONSHIPS: Padraig ~The Irish Patrick
Joseph Van der Berg ~ Friend
Saint Agatha ~ Friend
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