3-17 11;57 AM EST: Like Saint Nicholas, Saint Patrick is a real person in history, only Saint Patrick lived roughly 100 years after Saint Nicholas. Both are known for their faith and good works. It reminds me of the following verse: " Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2:18 KJV)
I think the presence of faith, motivates and activates good works, faithful deeds, and heartening, selfless, sacrificial acts of love. That's probably because He in whom we've placed our faith IS love.
Patrick also characterizes a fearless man, and love causes that too, as this verse indicates: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18 KJV)
The Holy Bible is altogether wise, wonderful, and miraculous. Miraculous in so many ways, even it's very survival as text. The people it has inspired throughout history comprise story after inspiring story. Today it inspires you and I, and thankfully so.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, friends and strangers! And now, a couple of videos portraying the life and acts of that Christian who went to Ireland and turned it 'round and 'round, to the glory of Christ.