Saturday, March 19, 2016

On St. Patrick

"WE know that among the marks of holiness is the working of miracles. Ireland is the greatest miracle any saint ever worked. It is a miracle and a nexus of miracles. Among other miracles it is a nation raised from the dead."

~Hilaire Belloc: St. Patrick.
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1 comment:

  1. Indeed. Ireland is a nation only because of its Catholicism. The Church created what is Irish, and the Church preserved it. The same, in North America, was true of Quebec.

    And hence the warning the story of Quebec provides. Without the Faith, the identity and culture ceases, being only focused on a language, which is a poor cultural peg. In Ireland's case, as a practical matter, even that won't cause the culture to exist. As the Irish embrace secularism the old opponents of Ireland's nationhood, ironically, win.

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