Tuesday, March 17, 2009
St. Patrick and Catholic Undergraduates
This past Sunday, my prayer group took the opportunity to read the entire Confession of St. Patrick (it's not that long, really). I've read it before, but I always find it a very powerful testament to Christian life. Here is a man who lived in true humility - a hard working bishop that remains a model for us today.
Today I went into campus to go swimming. I counted no less than FOUR St. Patrick's Day parties in action. Ok, ok, I know, it's a college campus, and a lot of undergraduates at this particular Catholic university are both Catholic and Irish. So I won't begrudge them a little celebration of this amazing saintly bishop.
BUT DID I MENTION THAT THIS WAS AT 10:30 A.M.???
Yes, that was A.M., not P.M. Not to mention that my husband had several (about fifteen in each class) requests for him to cancel class on Wednesday the 18th. Some insisted that they have family traditions and have to go home for them. But when Jeff asked them to tell him some of these family traditions, they were silent. When he asked them to tell them something about St. Patrick, one out of 150 students offered a detail from his life.
It is a nice day today - 67 degrees and sunny. A fitting day to celebrate St. Patrick. And yet, I have to say that, given what I witnessed, namely, debauchery in broad daylight. I might have preferred that it rained today.
Alas! To paraphrase the words of St. Patrick in his Confession (when he was betrayed by a close friend), "I can only pray that God not hold it against them as a sin."