Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Take a moment sometime today to consider The Real St. Patrick and invite others to do likewise.  Looking for some resources?  I’d encourage you to start with several Christianity Today articles.  If you have additional suggestions, including books to recommend, please share below.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

— A Poem by St. Patrick, ca 377 AD

PS.  Last week’s Graduate & Faculty Team Meetings were focused upon spiritual formation, check out Sabbath for Academics. Several times we reflected upon St. Patrick’s Breastplate.

PPS.  Visit The Trinity in St. Patrick’s Breastplate for a quote from Alister McGrath in which he presents how the ancient Gaelic hymn St. Patrick’s Breastplate tutors worshipers in the important biblical doctrine of the Trinity.

Updated: 3/17/2013. 6:27 PM

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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  • Tom Grosh commented on March 17, 2009 Reply

    HT to Laura who reminded me of the Veggie Short on St. Patrick, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg5ejLGEnZk

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    Joe Whitchurch commented on March 24, 2009 Reply

    Tom, those meetings were excellent. Gordon Smith did a fabulous job for us. I have to say your posting the link to a Veggie Short on St. Pat was a RIOT.

    Love the St. Patrick poem you posted here. I must confess however that our attempt at singing a particular version of it in Mundelein was very challenging musically. LOL. Think I’d rather not do that again and simply read it.

  • Tom Grosh commented on March 24, 2009 Reply

    Thanks Joe. I must confess that although I enjoy the poem, I do not have much practice with the song version. More reflections regarding Gordon’s presentations coming, but first I have some thoughts about March Madness.

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