Even if you’re not of Irish descent, we wish all of you a happy St. Patrick’s Day! The day is considered, in the Catholic Church, to be the Feast of St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland and passed away on March 17 in the year 461.
Ireland is a perfect example of the dangers of civil war within a country: Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, is a Protestant nation and the Republic of Ireland, is a Catholic nation and the two sections have been at war for years. In fact, the flag of Ireland shows the dispute with green representing the Gaelic tradition and orange representing the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, with white representing the aspiration for peace between them.
Today, while you perhaps enjoy a pint of green beer or wear a shamrock, remember that civil war in a country is something that is quite real in other nations and, whatever the differences between you and your fellow Americans, be thankful that we’re civil enough with one another to live in a free nation without the threat of civil war.
Have a great, green day, lads and lassies!