I was raised Catholic, and while I don't follow the doctrine anymore, I still LOVE the stories of the Saints. St. Patrick has always been one of my favorites.
St. Patrick was actually born in England. He was sold into slavery at a very young age to the Irish. For many years he worked hard, one day he felt a calling from the Lord to escape from his bondage get back to England and become a minister. When he made it back to England he did just that. He then worked in the church, until again the Lord called him to go back to Ireland. The people there had a polytheistic approach to religion, and God wanted Patrick to bring the Good News of Jesus to the people. For 30 years Patrick traveled throughout Ireland teaching people about Jesus. To teach about the Godhead he used the shamrock, one leaf for each person in the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick died on March 17, 458 (The year may be off a bit).
We celebrate St. Patrick's Day for St. Patrick in my house. We talk about the trinity and what St. Patrick did. We talk about evangelism and what it means to share the gospel. Yes, we wear green and enjoy stories of Leprechauns (if you know me you know I love fantasy and magic). But I LOVE the real story of St. Patrick even more. I would love that if when people remembered my name they said she did everything she could to share the gospel, and I think that's what St. Patrick wanted too.
I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!