Today is St. Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. It is said he went about the countryside converting the early Irish and used the shamrock to symbolize the Trinity-3 in 1. Throughout the centuries, the Irish have been known for their strong faith and have suffered very much for that faith. So often today, St. Patrick's Day is seen as a day for drinking and partying-- definitely not the image presented by Patrick as he walked the hills and fields of early Ireland preaching of Jesus.
50 years ago today, four young women professed their first vows as Ursuline Sisters. Each of those young women stood on the shoulders of Irish ancestors and gave thanks for the faith handed down through the generations. Now, 50 years later, we still give thanks for our gift of faith and pray that those who stand on our shoulders will receive that same gift.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all and may God hold you in the palm of his hand.