Snakes And The Pain

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today. St. Patrick is most famous for launching a holy jihad against snakes in Ireland. But I didn’t know he was rewarded with virgins for doing so:

St. Patrick, having now completed his triumph over Paganism, and gathered Ireland into the fold of Christ, prepared for the summons to his reward. St. Brigid came to him with her chosen virgins, bringing the shroud in which he would be enshrined. It is recorded that when St. Patrick and St. Brigid were united in their last prayer, a special vision was shown to him. He saw the whole of Ireland lit up with the brightest rays of Divine Faith. This continued for centuries, and then clouds gathered around the devoted island, and, little by little, the religious glory faded away, until, in the course of centuries, it was only in the remotest valleys that some glimmer of its light remained. St. Patrick prayed that the light would never be extinguished, and, as he prayed, the angel came to him and said: “Fear not: your apostolate shall never cease.” As he thus prayed, the glimmering light grew in brightness, and ceased not until once more all the hills and valleys of Ireland were lit up in their pristine splendour, and then the angel announced to St. Patrick: “Such shall be the abiding splendour of Divine truth in Ireland.”

You may also be interested to know that St. Patrick is considered the patron saint of the region of Murcia in Spain. This is due to a battle between the moors of Granada and the kingdom of Castille, known as the batalla de los Alporchones, which took place in Lorca in 1452 on the 17th March. The Christians won, obviously, thanks to the intervention of St. Patrick on their behalf, where he descended from heaven, removed his mitre and beat seven shades of crap out of the Arabs with his trusty staff.

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