Today is another holiday that we should reclaim: St. Patrick’s Day.
Instead of just making it about Ireland, let’s make it about St. Patrick and what he did. Let’s take the opportunity to honor him by honoring all missionaries.
St. Patrick was one of many missionaries to what was then the dangerous mission field of Europe. Those of us of European heritage need to remember that our ancestors came to Christianity the same way “Third World” people did, through the dedicated work of missionaries.
Here is a good slogan for the day: “If your ancestors were Christians, thank a missionary.”
How else could we turn St. Patrick’s Day into a festival to celebrate the work of missionaries?