History | 17 March 2016Why We Celebrate St. Patrick Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When you think of March 17th, you probably think of shamrocks and leprechauns, but do you know the story of the man that is celebrated today? 365 Days with the Saints shares his history. (c. 387–493) Priest, bishop. Kidnapped into slavery from Britain, he spent years in Ireland as a slave. He escaped back to Britain where he was educated and ordained a priest. He returned to Ireland as a bishop and devoted his life to spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. He was responsible for converting thousands of people to Christianity. Christ to shield me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding, So that there may come to me abundance of reward. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. —from St. Patrick’s Breastplate Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Carol Kelly-Gangi brings you a years worth of inspiration and love from The Saints. Be inspired by 365 Days with the Saints. This beautiful, devotional book by Carol Kelly-Gangi consists of quotations from Catholic saints for each day of the year, interspersed with artwork depicting the saints. Enjoy notes on their patronage, symbols in art, famous paintings, and feast days. In addition to the universally recognized and beloved saints, discover more about lesser-known saints, American saints, and the newly canonized saints. 365 Days with the Saints reveals the wisdom, fervor, and faith of these extraordinary men and women–who are more relevant today than ever before. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.