Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day

A very Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

Very often in life, it is not so much what the world throws at us, but how we take these opportunities.

St Patrick was a Welsh boy/young man (living in one of the Welsh kingdoms stretching from Strathclyde and the Borders in the north to Cumbria, Lancashire, Wales and onto Cornwall in the south), taken by Irish raiders and put into slavery.

When he escaped back to his homeland did he think of war? Retribution? Revenge? Destruction?

No, he wanted to return to Ireland, use his knowledge of the land, and convert souls to Christ and establish the Catholic Church in Ireland and plant the seeds of monasticism (then flourishing in the lands of the Welsh) in Ireland where they would become a beacon of light to the whole of Europe in what we now call the 'Dark Ages.'

Life will often (as the Americans say) throw us a "curved ball," and it is then down to us. Do we, like the great Welsh Catholic St Patrick, use it to glorify God, or do we retreat into bitterness, resentfulness and solitude?

Happy St Patrick's Day to one and all!

6 comments:

  1. "one of the Welsh kingdoms stretching from Strathclyde and the Borders in the north to Cumbria, Lancashire, Wales and onto Cornwall in the south)"

    I never realised Wales was so e l a s t i c !

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  2. You bet! Glasgow comes from the Welsh for blue field - i.e. fertile land, good grazing. The Welsh [Britons] once rules all of Britain from Southern Scotland southwards.

    The English came from Europe, the Scots from Ireland, and the Picts ruled Northern Scotland.

    The word Welsh is old-Germanic for "Roman" as variants of it were used for the Belgians, Italians, Romanians and others (all frontiersmen against the Germanic tribes). The "Wall" in Cornwall comes from the same root word.

    The blog A Reluctant Sinner has published much material on "Welsh" Catholic history outside the modern-day borders of Wales.

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    1. hey im welsh and son of a welsh historian and actually it is wrong that the name welsh comes from old germanic for roman, in fact the welsh name for wales and its true name is "cymru" which comes from "combrogi" meaning fellow country men and the english name wales comes from the anglo saxon word "waelisc" mean foreigner or foreign given to us because when they came here we were foreign to them and a strange people and so were they to us, unfortunately they stayed in britain the land which wales once ruled(the majority of) and became the english, who claim that this is their land but is in fact not, but who also try to deny that the celts existed or that they aren't the indigenous people of this country! but such is the world we live in! cymru am byth!

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    2. Hi - welcome to the site. Yes literally it means 'foreign' but as they used it against many peoples including Romanians, Belgians and Italians (or the peoples in those lands!), it is believed it came to mean "Roman" to the 'Germans' as these peoples were the Imperial border to the Germanic/Saxon peoples.

      Er Budd Cymru ;-)

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  3. lots of us who are English are quite definatley not Anglo-Saxon and there are loads of Welsh place names and traditions all over the place Cumbria means Welsh , Wendover is welsh for White water,etc etc the britons werent all pushed back to Wales and cornwall lots of them were still living and still are living all over england the landowners changed and the language not the people.

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  4. That is a Moot point that historians disagree over.

    Some think it WAS wholesale ethnic cleansing, others that there was some assimilation.

    Given the Celts and Saxons/Angles/Danes were at war for hundreds of years I doubt all was love; but given that Saxons were present in Roman Britain it is possible that these peoples knew each other and lived at peace for some years.

    The clash of Catholic and Pagan worldviews would have been the major stumbling point (and the language barrier wouldn't have helped).

    Cumbria, Southern Scotland, Devon, the Black Country were Welsh for many, many decades longer than (for example) Kent, East Anglia and Northumbria.

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