Was Saint Patrick 'Green?"

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St. Francis was about the coolest Nature Dude around in his day. He lived with the wonders of Nature and loved the creations of God.

But, there is another well-known figure of the early Christian religion who also had a reverence for nature and all creation (except maybe the snakes he ran out of Ireland. Sorry herpetologists!)
Eight hundred years before the birth of St. Francis,the
patron saint of ecology, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, honored the beauty and power of Creation.

There is a prayer, known as "St. Patrick's Breastplate" because it seeks God's protection, that offers us all a wide-ranging spiritual reflection.

It includes the following:
I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks

 St. Patrick's Day blessings to you!


Today is also officially the date to plant our peas outside. Even with snow on the ground, and knowing that we will have to plant again,it is a tradition! The kids will plant at least a few round large peas seeds in the gardens. These seeds are wonderful for tiny hands. Seeds are large enough for limited dexterity planters!

If you don't have a garden to plant in, try a nice little recycled quart plastic container or can. Perfect for a few pea plants to peek up from in a week or wo. Later as they grow upward, make a little trellis from some sticks for your sprouting green pal to climb on. 

And don't forget my favorite St. Patricks Day joke (year 30)  for gardeners and landscapers:

Question:  What is the Irish gardener's name who stayed out in the yard all night?

Answer:    Patty O'Furniture!
 




For a longer version of the prayer, you can go to the site of the Catholoc Climate Covenant
http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/St.-Patricks-Breastplate.pdf