Monday, March 17, 2008

The Glory of Ireland; The Squalor of Popular Culture

The late hullabaloo over Holy Week taking precedence over St. Patrick's feast day (which St. Patrick would have backed 100%) is mild compared to some of the other signs of how low we've sunk. One of the local girlie bars in the Treasure Valley is "celebrating" St. Patrick's Day with a wet T-shirt contest; according to the sign outside, the "winner" gets $100.00. St. Patrick must have made some serious inroads into Hell's dominion for the devil to try to avenge himself by arranging for a "tradition" of crass and sinful entertainments to "celebrate" Patrick's feast day.

Prayer of St. Patrick

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today...Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

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