March 17, 2007: Saturday of the Third Week in Lent

THE BREASTPLATE OF ST. PATRICK

Christ be 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 where I lie,
Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

We can see that ‘me’ still existed even as the great saint had let himself be filled with Christ, surrounded with Christ. And that infusion and embracing was sufficient for St. Patrick as he did battle with the magicians of the Druid sect. He needed no weapons, no magical incantations. He needed only Christ and he entered a battle for the souls of the Irish people with Christ at his side. And St. Patrick won.

Let us pray that we be enfolded in the humility and the righteousness of Christ was we go about our duties to preach, in actions and words, the truths of Christianity. Let us pray that we be purged of our self-righteousness and self-centeredness. Let us invite Christ into ourselves, by praying with Him and by receiving Him as often as possible in Holy Communion.

We can be rightly proud of the role we play when God accomplishes something through us, whether that work is to be a friend in need or to be a devoted parent. We should be as willing as St. Patrick to see and acknowledge that all human accomplishments, ordinary or extraordinary, are ultimately the work of God.

[This version of the Breastplate was taken from a Redemptorist mission booklet.]

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