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The Breastplate of St. Patrick

“I arise today through the mighty strength of the Trinity.... Christ to shield me today.” from The Breastplate of St. Patrick, attributed to St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland (390-469 C.E.) Patrick is not only my patron saint; he is also a model for the ministry God has given me. He traveled all over Ireland preaching the Gospel; I travel all over this country (and, occasionally, beyond) doing the same. My preaching is usually in the context of a retreat, parish mission, or day of prayer. And, like Patrick, I too rely upon (as The Breastplate says): God's strength to pilot me, God's might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s shield to protect me.... For his fifth-century audience, P