Happy Saint Patrick’s Day — March 17

St. Patrick’s true story is so inspiring. It totally confounds me that focusing on wearing green and/or drinking is more popular than telling of his amazing story of  forgiveness.  Here is an animation that gives an accurate account about him.

St. Patrick / Veggie Tales (8:37 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UociNQHztiY

The following are videos I have either watched or plan to:

ABOUT ST. PATRICK

  • St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (c2000) – “A young Christian boy attends a druid worship that is attacked by invading Irish tribes. Taken captive, he is taken back to Ireland to become a slave. Enduring many hardships, he finds comfort and eventually salvation in his faith. After several years, he escapes back to England, where he joins a convent to prove his faith. His greatest desire is to return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. Years later, he is given the opportunity….” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202595/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  • Patrick (c2004) – “A fascinating story of the truth behind the legend and history of St Patrick….  “Patrick” will shed light on one of the best-loved and least-understood icons of world religion….  The story of the real St. Patrick is a fabulous mix of part adventure tale and part spiritual awakening. This portrayal of Patrick who lived in the fifth century was shot on location in Ireland, using actors and actresses in period dress to recreate scenes from Patrick’s life. He was born into an upper class patrician family in Roman Britain. When Patrick was an adolescent he was captured by slave traders and sold into captivity in Ireland. After almost six years as a slave Patrick experienced a religious awakening that inspired him to make his escape from Ireland. After his safe return to his homeland Patrick trained for the priesthood. Patrick decided to return to Ireland, where he was a slave, to preach a doctrine of love, tolerance and redemption. His radical ideas were suspect and he attracted the censure of the Church establishment in Roman Britain and he was henceforth branded as a renegade. Patrick refused to compromise this commitment and soon won the respect and love of the Irish and even the finally the reluctant support of his detractors. He started out as a slave an eventually became a liberator, who learned to forgive and ultimately love his enemies.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408090/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  • VeggieTales. Lessons from the sock drawer: a collection of Veggie shorts and briefs / Big Idea Productions (c2008) – A unique collection of tales that includes the story of St . Patrick.
  • Holidays for children. St. Patrick’s Day / Schlessinger Media (c2004) – Features many popular traditions that celebrate St. Patrick in Ireland, the United States and Canada. A brief historical biography of St. Patrick is provided as well as an overview of Irish immigration to North America.

FAMILY MOVIES

These are just for fun.  They have Irish culture and scenery in them.

  • The Best of Riverdance (c2005)
  • Young Indiana Jones series: Season II, Episode 22
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
  • Finian’s Rainbow
  • The Commitments – Classic early 90s film about a group of Dubliners dreaming of creating the ultimate soul band, before conflicting egos threaten the group’s hopes of making it big.
  • Waking Ned Devine – Hilarious flick about a small rural town in Ireland where lottery winner Ned Devine is found dead with the ticket in his hand.  The town residents then join together to fool authorities so they can keep the money and split it amongst themselves.
  • The Quiet Man – Classic tale about John Wayne as an American boxer who moves to Ireland to reclaim his family’s farm.  Directed by John Ford.  Enough said.
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