We have St. Patrick’s Day today as a way of honoring the Catholic missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland. Originally of Roman-British background, the young Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland. He prayed to God, saying that if God would free him from bondage, he would return to the island and convert the islanders. He kept his word. Although no one is sure of Patrick’s birthday, it is known that he died on March 17, which became his saint day. In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has lost most of its religious character and instead become a day for celebration of Irish heritage. Luckily, the Irish have always been known for their acceptance and hospitality, and anyone of any heritage is more than welcome to become ‘Irish for a day’.