Saint Patrick was a young man when he was taken away to Ireland. He was born in nearby Scotland and forced into servitude when he was a young boy. He learned the language of the Irish people and it is said that he prayed a lot. When he was older he climbed a tall hill and he wore no shoes. He fasted forty days and at the end of his observance, legend has it that he rang his bell and cast out all the snakes from Ireland, banishing them to the sea.
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle and is so breathtakingly beautiful. Last night PBS offered “Visions of Ireland”, during one of their channel fund raisers. I am so glad I watched it. I felt a longing for this land that has hitherto gone unnoticed. Now I have to go there and see it for myself. I want to experience Ireland. this place has a haunting melody that one can hear not just in the mind but also in the heart.