The Other Half of St. Patrick

As we ponder the incredible life of St. Patrick and his many contributions that encourage our faith and prayer life, it is worth knowing that one of his life distinctives was that he was a man of balance. He lived and perpetuated a principle that believed that all of life is sacred and flows to a rhythm of ebb and flow reflected in the natural world.  This was also reflected in his communal life, a rhythm that lived a balance between prayer and study, work and rest, community and solitude.  That principle holds up through out the centuries – God wants us to be people of balance. For some of us that comes easier than others.  It takes sacrifice and discipline to become people of  silence, solitude, prayer and to operate from a place of rest rather than frenzy.  It is this inner, hidden half of our lives, our “other” half that calls out for equality and equal time in our spirit.  St. Patrick understood, listened to, and cultivated his interior life which brought balance, fruit and wholeness to his world – a great encouragement for us 1600 years later.   It takes two halves to make a whole.                  T. Long


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