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Friday, March 16, 2012

Saints, Cleavage, and Green Beer, (Warning: This is a Rant)

St. Patrick stained glass window
 from the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA
Thomas Gun, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license
I was treated to a radio commercial today which promoted a "St. Patrick's day celebration".  This lovely gem encouraged women to come "dressed sexy", men to come ready to dance with "hot chicks", and everyone to "get drunk off (their) *bleep* on green beer".  

I've been somewhat intolerant lately.
But this takes the cake.

I understand that we live in a diverse culture.  I appreciate that we, as Westerners, generally live in a free society, (unless you wish to wear a cross, in the workplace, in England).  I do not wish to impose my belief system or practices on other people.

But good gracious, can't secularists get their own holidays to celebrate debauchery and corruption upon?  Must they continually use religious holidays to do so?  Do we even remember that holidays are, or at least were, "holy days"?

Aghagower St Patrick Statue 2007 08 12
Andreas F. Borchert
 via Wikimedia Commons
Bishop Patrick was a holy and pious man who had a tremendous impact on the unfolding of Christian history and society...and history and society in the British isles.  He was a powerful witness for Christ who converted thousands to truth.  God used him, in a mighty way, to bless the lives of countless individuals in his own day, and for centuries to come.  He was a gentle and kind man who humbly put total trust in God.  He is a a dazzling example for Christians who seek to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and who humbly seek to touch the lives of others with love and healing.

He has not the least connection to cleavage, drunkenness, and sexual promiscuity.  Honestly, can we keep some of our Christian history alive?  Does anyone love virtue anymore?

And that is Michelle's rant for today.


"I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and least of all the faithful and despised in the eyes of many." 

"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me."

"That which I have set out in Latin is not my words but the words of God and of apostles and prophets, who of course have never lied.  He who believes shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be damned.  God has spoken.

  ~St. Patrick 

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  1. Amen sister!

    I don't understand it at all.

    I have a wonderfully written biography on Saint Patrick. More people need ought to know his story.

  2. Rant away, Michelle! We've been silent for too long!
    Many blessings,

  3. I'm right there with you. One Catholic blogging friend of mine did a St Patrick's Day photo cluster that used pictures to say close to the same thing. is where you'll find it.

    It is rather sad that people have to secularize religious holidays.

  4. I totally agree with you. No one seems to care about the true meaning of these holydays. It's just another reason to party for most people.

  5. I'm not sure what most of the world is celebrating these days, but it is most certainly NOT St. Patrick and what he stood for!

  6. Thank you - that's exactly what is in my brain.

  7. So glad that you shared the essence of what St. Patrick was all about! Blessings to you and your family!

  8. It always amazes me that a day that begins with the word, 'Saint', could be twisted into an excuse for debauchery. But then, I guess any excuse will do. Even Christmas and Easter are slowly being twisted into a completely different track. It makes me sad. But determined that I will not follow! That the holy reason for the holy day will be preserved. Thank you for your rant. It was certainly needed. Thanks for sharing on NOBH!


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