Who was Saint Patrick? This new documentary film delves beneath the myth of Ireland's patron saint to reveal that the patron saint of Ireland was an ordinary man who accomplished the extraordinary by placing his faith in God. Precious few historical facts are known of this man who walked through pre-Christian 5th century Ireland.
As a introduction to the life of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle to Ireland, I believe this is an excellent short video, although the beginning of the film showed a modern celebration of Saint Patrick's day that had little to do with his mission and spirituality. Yet, after some reflection, even that secular celebration of St. Patrick's day works as a reminder of what one leaves behind when one seeks to learn about myth and realities of Saint Patrick.
Previously, I had read the Confession of St. Patrick. Though not or Irish (or British) descent, I did once attend our city's Saint Patrick's Day parade, which featured several Irish families marching with their clan name displayed prominently on a banner, as well as floats and other things. Essentially, these Irish people were celebrating be Irish and using their old country's patron saint as a figure to rally around. So far, so good. After the parade, I bought an record album and went to sit with a friend in a public building where family-oriented St Patrick's Day activities were being held. Finally, we got up to walk out, and got halfway to the door, when I remembered the album. I went back for it, but, alas, someone else had walked off with it. So much for Saint Patrick's Day!
But then, a few years later, I was catching going to work on the path of the annual parade, when I saw drunk people exit a bar acting disorderly. I thought to myself: Saint Patrick must be rolling over in his grave. After the drunks passed me, I walked to the street corner and found a twenty dollar bill on the sidewalk! The drunks had exited the bar from the other side of the building, so they didn't drop it. I put the dollar in my wallet, smiling to myself. The twenty dollar bill more than made up for the loss of the record album on the previous Saint Patrick's Day.
Could these events, taken together, be considered a miracle, or just coincidence?
After seeing this video, I guess I can say that Irish have their tales about Saint Patrick, and I have one of my own.
Lastly, Amazon really needs to change the description of this video. Amsterdam is not in Ireland.
Although I enjoyed this documentry, it did really touch on the Chrisma and inventive preaching that he must have had to change a whole country and I was disappointed that most of the video was in black and white when Ireland is known for it's vivid colors.