The more our family learns of European history and our personal genealogy, the more we dig deeper into the myths and legends. Most began with some sort of truth.
The Stories and legends of St. Patrick are an interesting mix of paganism, Christianity, superstition, rebellion, and pure truth. It is incredibly hard to separate the truly miraculous from everything else.
Families who came to the U.S. from Ireland were usually running from extreme hardship and oppression. Unlike the Pilgrims searching for freedom to read and follow the full Gospel of the scriptures, the Irish brought their superstitious mix of Catholic/paganism with them.
Our favorite resources for St. Patrick's Day are:
- HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories From the Lives of Christian Heroes
- St. Patrick: The Irish Legend DVD
- Lessons from the Sock Drawer (Veggie Tales DVD)
- Darby O'gill and the Little People DVD (Doesn't really have anything to do with St. Patrick, but it's Irish fun and Sean Conory was just adorable in it.)
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