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St. Palm Patrick’s SunDay ♣


in Holi-DAZE

St. Patrick's Easter crossTheir traditions may be at odds, given the fasting of Palm Sunday & feasting of St. Patrick’s Day, but they’ve shared important themes. Although inspired by freedom of religion, they each led to social change. Whatever your opinion of the man who triumphantly rode into Jerusalem one Passover, history shows that he was not only a rabbi but a rebel. Jesus not only questioned the organized religion of the time but encouraged regular people to take a stand. Whether you agree with His teachings about God, the lessons we can hopefully agree on are that we each matter & all have the ability — as well as the right — to impact our society.

Also met with extreme opposition, St. Patrick affected social reform in his time too by building schools, not just churches. His legacy continued when mistreated Irish refugees to America united in defiance, becoming known as “the green machine.” A hundred years after the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade simply reminded soldiers of home, Irish Americans changed how they were perceived. Another century later, in 1948, President Truman attended New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Ultimately, the shamrock connects the two holidays best as it symbolizes the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit expressible in its three leaves as separate elements of the same entity.

It’s the spirit of the individual that triumphs in both histories. Palm fronds have long symbolized triumph & the shamrock was worn during the 19th century Irish rebellion against England. Jesus, His followers, St. Patrick & those shamrock-wearing Irish rebels were all facing death for their actions yet stuck to their convictions in the long run. Most of us risk far less, whatever our choices may be, so should never hesitate to take what action we can. Each palm frond & shamrock worn make a statement, one of individualism as well as shared pride. Every simple act & honest word lend to the shaping of our society in the process of shaping us.

Where there's an impact, there's change.

Grab hold of inspiration where possible & you’ll prove inspirational in turn. By considering other cultures, exploring their traditions & staying open-minded, we effect our own ability to change thus become forces of change. Even if you’re happy with your own life, surely there’s room for improvement & the lives around us deserve our attention too. We don’t need to look for ways to give but need only watch for opportunities to help. Any form of social injustice can be impacted in the simplest ways & all social change is born of individuals working together. Whether we’re creating new traditions or indulging in old ones, may we enhance each other’s lives through our exploration.

“There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.”
~ Katharine Tynan ~

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