As a teenager, he was kidnapped by pirates, taken to Ireland and six years later miraculously escaped. Saint Patrick later returned to the country where he was held captive. But this time he was there as a missionary.
He carried a message of forgiveness and was famous for illustrating the Holy Trinity by using a shamrock.
Here is Saint Patrick’s most well known prayer:
“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 when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”
While not a prayer in the modern form, it represents a heart that wants nothing more than to be Christ-like, to live Christ centered, and to be aware of Christ’s presence at all times.
Think of the ways your life would change if you were aware of Christ’s presence in every situation.
I challenge you to pray through this prayer, contemplating every line and all the implications that each brings.
Written by Tom Wise Copyright © Finding Wonder 2016