Sunday, March 17, 2013

Some Confessions of St. Patrick

But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. 
More and more did the love of God, 
and my fear of him and faith increase, and my spirit was moved
so that in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers, 
and in the night a like number; 
besides I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain
and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain,
and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, 
because, as I now see, 
the Spirit was burning in me at that time.

[from the Confessions of St. Patrick]

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