St. Patrick: Perseverance

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And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

“I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.”

St. Patrick in The Confession of St. Patrick, trans. by Ludwig Bieler, in Saint Patrick, by William J. Federer (St. Louis: Amerisearch, 2002) 68.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. In his Confession, Patrick states this simple prayer that has never been more fitting.

God, help us persevere as faithful witnesses, with Patrick, so that in this time of crisis, people see Christ in us as long as we may live. Amen.