Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and Let us Focus on Our Compassion, Not the Dogma


Sidney Opera House on a St. Patrick’s Day in green colors. Suggested reading: We Will be Judged by Our Compassion and Deeds and Not Our Dogma and Joel Osteen: Enlarging the Circle of Love

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, lit. ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Given the Coronavirus international crisis almost all events and parades are cancelled.  This provides time for us to reflect and examine the human vulnerabilities and how the whole of humanity is in it together: All of humanity are intimate neighbors: Coronavirus proves it once again. 

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6]

St Patrick’s Day parades and events at home and abroad are not going ahead because of restrictions imposed to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be a St Patrick’s Day like no other.

Ireland’s streets are usually packed with parade-goers, participants, onlookers, locals and tourists alike but today those same streets will be quiet and mostly empty.

Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services[5][7] and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland,[11] the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated in the United Kingdom,[12] Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, especially amongst Irish diaspora. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.[13] Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. However, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people.[14]

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  1. Yes and a Happy St Patrick’s day to all.
    Ireland was probably the only Christian European country where they did not murder Jews. Jewish mayors of Ireland Jewish Irish President of Israel.
    One small blip and they organized in 1904 a boycott of Jews led by an Irish priest.
    The Limerick pogrom. Michael Davitt and John Redmond, the only two people of national standing to speak out in condemnation.

    Kevin Haddick Flynn outlines the background to and the course of an incident that sharply divided public opinion.

    “This year marks the hundredth sixteenth anniversary of the only anti-Jewish pogrom to take place on Irish soil—that which occurred in Limerick in the early months of 1904. The outrage divided public opinion, but only two people of national standing spoke out in condemnation—Michael Davitt, the hero of the Land War of twenty years earlier, and John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.”

    On learning that a Redemptorist priest in Limerick had delivered a virulent anti-Jewish sermon, Davitt said:

    ‘I protest as an Irishman and as a Catholic against the barbarous malignancy of anti-semitism which is being introduced into Ireland under the pretended regard for the welfare of the Irish people.’

    Very difficult to be 100% pro Jew in Christianity! :):)
    God Bless us all.

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