What kind of person was St. Patrick?
It seems like he lived a tough life. It’s difficult to imagine this today when we see him standing tall and smiling at St Patrick’s day festivals. Many details of his life are unknown.
He was born sometime in the late 300s AD as a Romano-British (There are various theories). His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest, but he wasn’t religious.
His life changed completely when he was 16 years old. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave, where he was forced to work for 6 years. After escaping, or maybe he was released, he returned to his family. He became a priest and went back to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Irish from Druid’s to Christians.
But his life there wasn’t so easy. He suffered from violence, arrest and he faced the danger of execution.
The most popular legend is that St. Patrick exorcised Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there were no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. It is often said that this story was a metaphor, snakes meaning the druids or pagans.