The feast day of the patron saint of Ireland is definitely a mixed bag. On the one hand, we remember Patrick as the man who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. The former slave, born in England, is synonymous with the beautiful island in the Irish Sea. He holds special meaning for all of us with Irish blood (no matter how much or little may be coursing through our veins). He was truly a great man of God.
On the other hand, many of us consider March 17 to be a day of drinking and revelry. Few men in history have been responsible for such conflicting emotions. Many Irish and non-Irish who wish they were, begin the day at mass and end the day at the local pub, often in a very nonspiritual condition.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done my share of secular celebrating and most likely will do much more. What we should avoid is too much emphasis on the secular and too little of the spiritual.
So, celebrate the saint, and celebrate everything else that goes along with the day (corned beef and cabbage anyone?). But, do it responsibly. Remember that tomorrow is another day.