Do you believe in Luck or Faith? St. Patrick's upcoming Feast Day is one of those moments when we all seem to get back to our “Irish Roots”. Even as a Filipino American, I tell people that on St. Patrick's feast day I change my name to Fr. Lee O'Patalinghug!
There is a tradition for Irish-American farmers to plant potatoes in their garden on St. Patrick's Day. Why not explore new ways to prepare those potatoes when ready to eat? Click the image for my Roasted Potato recipe.
But on this feast day, while everyone revels in green beer, I recommend that we use this day to strengthen our faith in FAITH, and not simply to rely on luck!
The Letter to the Hebrews 11:1 defines 'Faith' as “The substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not yet seen.”
How can we grow in faith? I recommend taking a leap of faith and continuing our pilgrimage journey – especially to a place like The Holy Land, where our faith became incarnate! This journey of faith is truly a leap of faith, but it's all worth it. People who go on these trips do not feel “lucky” but instead, they know they are blessed!
Have a blessed St. Patrick's Day celebration and may your Lenten journey continue on in faith!
Let us Pray
Prayer for St. Patrick from the opening prayer at Mass
“O God, who chose the Bishop Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the peoples of Ireland, grant, through his merits and intercession, that those who glory in the name of Christian may never cease to proclaim your wondrous deeds to all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.