Friday, March 16, 2018

A bit o' Irish for you...

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock. 

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's wisdom to uphold me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's host to save me... 

~Attributed to St. Patrick
Ireland 389 (?) - 461 A.D. 


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I share with you some wonderful stories about the Irish by one of my favorite children's authors, Tomie dePaola.   Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato, Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill,  and others.  He has a nice book called The Miracles of Jesus.  Both Littles and Bigs can appreciate the stories and art of Tomie dePaola. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. When I was reading about St. Patrick today I saw a picture of this book, and wished that I could read it right then. I should borrow it from the library when it's not his season.

    As I sing that prayer of Patrick's I often think about how, though I much appreciate God's gifts of the stability of earth and the depth of the sea and all of those natural elements in themselves, the most "real" depth is of His Love, and our stability is in Him.

    These earthly things are so beloved to me... I often think, it's obvious St. Patrick did not live in earthquake country! But this morning I did give thanks that nearly every day of my life the ground has been very firm and reliable under my feet :-)

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too. Our youngest granddaughter turns 15 today and that's what we are celebrating.

  3. I do miss reading out loud to people. It was always something I loved with our children. I love what you wrote.
    I always love your poems. I just need to be a better commenter. I read them on my phone and think I will get in to comment on the computer. Then I don't. I love all of your thoughts.

  4. Happy St. Patrick's day to you! I'm posting St. Patrick's Creed on my blog for Sunday. Hope your weekend is going well.

  5. Mags first told me about that poem and then I heard it set to music. Such a shame we went from such beauty to green beer.


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