Monday, March 17, 2008

Savior of Ireland, Savior of Civilization

Most people know that Patrick brought the gospel to Ireland, but he is indirectly responsible for the preservation of western civilization, as well. When Rome fell, the monasteries he built in Ireland were the only repositories of the history, theology, and philosophy of the ancient world. The Dark Ages would have been permanent, had it not been for the diligent and persevering scholarship of Irish monks.

The Breastplate of St. Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.



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