Thursday, March 17, 2016


St. Patrick's Day has returned Gentle Reader. But who is this St. Patrick that we're all dressed in green and pretending to have been born in Ireland for? Well, I'm glad you asked that question Gentle Reader. St. Patrick was a person who truly existed at one point of time. To be more exact, St. Patrick was born in Roman Brittan in an unknown date somewhere in the one hundred year span known as the Fifth Century. Known as the Apostle of Ireland, Patrick wasn't even Irish, but rather Roman British from either Cumbria, England or Unknown Town, Scotland or Unknown Town, Wales or perhaps even Italian. The claim that Patrick might actually have been Italian either directly or indirectly was bolstered by the fact that his family was active nobility within the Ancient Roman Empire (Which was still active for seventy percent of the Fifth Century). Patrick's father Calpurnius was a church deacon while Patrick's grandfather Potitus was a Catholic Priest (Who was married with child before entering the priesthood). Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and held captive in Ireland before getting a call from GOD to escape Irish pirate captivity and given the path on how to do so. Patrick's captivity by Irish pirates only lasted six years before GOD gave him instructions on how to escape captivity. At the age of twenty, Patrick sailed by boat for three days, spent twenty-eight days living in the wilderness eating only cooked wild boar before returning home to Roman Britain. He studied for the Catholic Priesthood by traveling from Roman Britain to Ancient Roman Empire controlled Europe (Mostly in France), lived in Marmoutier Abbey, St. Martin of Tours, located outside Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France, lived in the first of three foundations of Lérins Abbey in the Lérins Islands of the French Riviera, got certified as a Catholic Priest and returned to Ireland to preach Catholicism among the Irish. According to Irish legend, but never proven as fact was Patrick using the shamrock as a metaphorical crucifix, turned his walking stick into a tree and chased out all of the snakes from Ireland (Poisonous and Nonpoisonous were all chased out) as well as speaking freely with the ghosts of legally dead Irish ancestors. It was assumed that Patrick died of natural causes between 492 to 493. St. Patrick rose to the rank of a Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland when he died of natural causes after a productive Catholic existence.
Contrary to popular opinion, not only wasn't St. Patrick Irish by birth, but he wasn't even the first Roman Catholic Bishop appointed by the Roman Catholic Church to operate in Ireland. The first Roman Catholic Bishop appointed by the Roman Catholic Church to operate in Ireland was Saint Palladius who was born in an unknown date in the early Fifth Century and died between 450 to 461. St. Palladius was born in Gaul (Now called France) during the final century of the Ancient Roman Empire. Like St. Patrick, St. Palladius' family were Ancient Roman Empire nobility with links to the Roman Catholic Church. Palladius was the son of Exuperantius of Poitiers, Gaul (France) who was appointed by the Ancient Roman Emperor to be praetorian prefecture of the Gauls. Exuperantius of Poitiers, Gaul was killed by his own armed forces soldiers in an act of mutiny on 424. Upon his father's death, he traveled to Rome, got married and produced a child. He then abandoned his wife, gave away his daughter to a nunnery in Cicely, Rome (Italy) before getting ordained as a priest and traveled to Ireland. St. Palladius rose from Roman Catholic Priest to Roman Catholic Bishop several years or several decades before St. Patrick rose from Roman Catholic Priest to Roman Catholic Bishop. And some Roman Catholic Scholars got St. Patrick and St. Palladius confused to such a degree, that there may have been two different versions of St. Patrick operating at the same exact time---The official St. Patrick and an earlier imposter St. Patrick. Still, if there were one version of St. Patrick or two different versions of St. Patrick, today is the day to honor them both.
And as I'm lost in thought on St. Patrick's Day, here are some photos of Zoe Kravitz.

 Zoe Kravitz and Adwoa Aboah
Zoe Kravitz and George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow

 Zoe Kravitz and her father Lenny Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz

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