The True Story of St. Patrick

I posted this about this time last year, and I’ve turned it into a tract, which you can download stpatwp.doc. We’ll be passing it out this weekend. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The truth about St. Patrick is much more fascinating than any myth. He was kidnapped in Britain by Irish pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He said that he had two constant companions in his six years of slavery—hunger and nakedness. In those tough times, he remembered the words of his preacher father: “God is able to deliver you.” He committed his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and Master of All. Patrick’s life changed, and his captors began referring to him as “that holy youth.”  

Eventually, Patrick escaped back to England. After 20 years at home, he believed God wanted him to go back to Ireland. He returned and told the Druid chieftains about Jesus Christ. Over the next 30 years, he criss-crossed Ireland. Every day he spent in Ireland, he was in mortal danger, but he lived out the Bible verse, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21), with a desire to whole-heartedly follow Jesus Christ, and a knowledge that he would one day go to heaven. Because of his dedication to God, 120,000 people decided to follow Jesus, and 300 churches were built. Patrick’s whole life was devoted to telling others how they could repent (turn from sin) and find forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus.  

Why did Patrick do this? And how did he know that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain”? Long before he returned to England, he had remembered the words of his father, and knew that God was able to deliver him not only from slavery but also from his sin. He knew that he had broken God’s law. 

This St. Patrick’s Day, consider this: Have you kept God’s law (the Ten Commandments)? For example, have you ever told a lie? Have you used the name of God or Jesus as a cuss word (blasphemy)? Have you ever looked at someone with lust? 

If you’re like the rest of us, you can honestly say that you have broken all of those at some point in your life. God says if we’ve broken even one of the commandments just once, we’re lawbreakers, and it’s like we’ve broken them all.

Because God is infinitely just, He must punish sin wherever it’s found. And because we’re all guilty of sin, we all deserve to go to hell, a horrible place of eternal punishment. But God doesn’t want you to be a slave to sin on this earth, and he doesn’t want you to go to hell when you die. God’s Son, Jesus, came to earth and lived a perfect, sinless life. When Jesus died on a cross, He took the just punishment for our sins—for all the times we’ve lied, blasphemed, or otherwise broken the law— so He could set us free. Jesus rose from the grave just three days after his death, and He’s alive today.

Justice has been served, and Jesus extends to you a wonderful offer of eternal life. He asks you to simply receive it by turning from your wrongful ways (repenting), and trusting Jesus to remove the shackles of sin, be the leader of your life, and take you to heaven. There is nothing you can do to earn your way into heaven. All you can do is humble yourself before God, and accept this free gift. 

How would you complete that sentence from the Bible? “To live is _________.” If your answer is anything other than Christ, you cannot say the second half of that verse: “to die is gain.” If you’re living for adventure, sex, money, or something else, then to die is to lose it all. To learn more about God and how to follow Him, take time daily to read and obey the Bible, and talk to God in prayer.


12 Responses to The True Story of St. Patrick

  1. thank you,

    I’ve never quite known the whole story of dear Saint Pat.
    Great stuff-

  2. Jim says:

    It is a great story and, as you, say, much better than the myth or the legends. Oh that Ireland today would hear St Patrick’s Gospel!

    Blessings, Jim

  3. timbob says:

    Greetings. Indeed this is a very inspiring account. While we remember Saint patrick every year, few know the true story.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


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  5. Amy says:

    There is something beautiful missing in your story- the Catholic Church!! You don’t even mention the fact that St. Patrick was a bishop in the Church.

  6. Bill says:


    St. Patrick was not Catholic as you know Catholicism. Many of the doctrines of Catholicism are fairly recent, and are not found in the Bible.

    Are you born again?

    Thanks for your comment.

  7. Jason says:

    You still don’t know the true story of St. Patrick. The reason that he was said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland by stamping his staff is that the Druids had as one of their symbols the snake. It is said that when this great “saint” passed by a Druid who would not convert, he would stamp his staff, and the Druid would then be killed by his followers. Blessed be.

  8. Bill says:

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for your comment. You gave away your bias with your Wiccan greeting. I’ve never heard that St. Patrick killed anyone, and you need to provide documentation of that. Until you do, there is no reason to believe that your comment stems from anything other than your pagan bias.


  9. Jessica Welch says:

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    God bless you!

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