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IN 432AD Patrick came again to Celtic Ireland

 

Preaching to its people, the pagani -

 

The country folk whose language he spoke

 

He came with a christian vision:

 

An urban religion unsuited to rural living

 

Irish tribes with a thriving culture of their own

 

To whom Be’al was better known

 

As the source of all life

 

The pagani believed in Brehan law, astronomy

 

But above all in tribal autonomy.

 

Druids, the high priests and heart of this system,

 

Which Patrick persuaded through faith not force

 

To create with him a new religion:

 

Respecting the existing culture and customs

 

Of the country folk for whom they all spoke.

 

Patrick appreciated what was held in common

 

All creatures, creed and class were welcome

 

In this poor man's kingdom

 

who sounded and looked like them

 

Wore the customary white robes

 

Carried the same Druid’s staff

 

And founded a church grounded

 

In the spiritual identity of the Irish Pagani

 

Who through their own resourcefulness,

 

Extended their intellectual boundaries

 

with missionaries spreading a spirituality:

 

An organic Celtic Christianity

 

Patrick’s monks were a tribe in a tribal society;

 

With Hive like huts

 

Where students swarmed like bees

 

Yearning for the gentle flowering religion of the Patricians.

 

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