It is believed that when St Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured and carried off as a slave to Ireland. After six years he escaped and eventually became a priest. He returned to Ireland as a missionary in 433.
He is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. There are no snakes in Ireland and probably never have been. In many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped, so Patrick’s driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to the worshipping of false idols.
Just as St Patrick rid Ireland of the worshipping of false idols, so we need to rid ourselves of the worshipping of false idols. Our false idols consist of money, status, possessions, power – anything we consider more important than God.
We talked about the need to regularly examine our conscience in order to avoid sliding into love of power, possessions or money, etc., and a need to pray regularly for help in resisting these temptations. We agreed that there is nothing wrong in possessing money, status, possessions or power, so long as they are not more important to us than God.
21 March Change of Heart (Mark 1:15)
28 March Forty Days of Lent
4 April Temptation
11 April Humility (John 12:12 & 13:1)
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Meetings each Thursday at 1.30 pm (tea/coffee) then 2 pm to 4 pm in
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