On Tuesday 30 May last, Archbishop Eamon Martin launched the The Spiritual Journey of St Patrick, a book by the late Father Aidan Larkin, in Dalgan Park, Co Meath.
Speaking at the launch, Archbishop Eamon said, “In my own studies and reading a lot of the literature about St Patrick narrowed my vision of him – all of those controversies surrounding his life narrowed my focus. Father Aidan points out aspects of the life and writings of Saint Patrick that I perhaps missed or neglected in my many readings of the Confession and the Letter to Coroticus.
“For example, Patrick doesn’t see himself as just a little part of a mission to Ireland. He sees himself as part of the entire mission of the Church. Saint Patrick connects himself to the scriptures and to his contemporaries – we sometimes forget that the Church Fathers were near contemporaries of Saint Patrick.”
Regretting that Ireland had “caricatured him a little bit too much down through the centuries,” Archbishop Martin said both Father Larkin’s and Father Dan Conneely’s research reaffirmed his understanding of Saint Patrick as a saint for the whole world and a saint for the whole Church – not just for Ireland or the Irish.
The Primate said, “But not only is he a saint for the whole Church, I think Father Aidan’s work reminds me that Saint Patrick is a saint for our times. Most recently we have become hugely conscious of the evil of human trafficking. We see how Patrick empathises with a whole host of people nowadays who are forcibly moved from their country or indeed who are forced from their circumstances and have to leave home as refugees or migrants.”
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