There are some “heroes” of the Christian faith whose life-stories inspire and inform me. They include William Wilberforce, William Carey, and (just to avoid all my heroes having the same first name) St. Patrick. Now, let’s remember: “Saint” wasn’t his first name. That was a title bestowed on him long after his death, to mark the quality of life that he lived.
Patrick was one of the world’s great uber-missionaries, almost unbelievably returning to the country that had enslaved him to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. (He was born in Britain but was enslaved at age 16 by Irish pirates; he escaped after six years and later returned to Ireland as an adult.) Can you imagine doing that? What a phenomenal demonstration of courage and confidence. “Yes, we can!” and “Just do it” are two contemporary phrases that come to mind when I think of Patrick. Continue reading