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!