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Re: St Patrick
« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2018, 11:31:52 PM »
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    They brought up against me after thirty years something I had already confessed before I was a deacon. What happened was that, one day when I was feeling anxious and low, with a very dear friend of mine I referred to some things I had done one day – rather, in one hour – when I was young, before I overcame my weakness. I don’t know – God knows – whether I was then fifteen years old at the time, and I did not then believe in the living God, not even when I was a child. In fact, I remained in death and unbelief until I was reproved strongly, and actually brought low by hunger and nakedness daily.

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    Re: St Patrick
    « Reply #31 on: November 25, 2018, 11:32:40 PM »
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     My defence was that I remained on in Ireland, and that not of my own choosing, until I almost perished. However, it was very good for me, since God straightened me out, and he prepared me for what I would be today. I was far different then from what I am now, and I have care for others, and I have enough to do to save them. In those days I did not even have concern for my own welfare.


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    Re: St Patrick
    « Reply #32 on: December 10, 2018, 12:04:42 AM »
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    So on the day I was accused by those I mentioned above, that same night I saw in a vision of the night some writing before my dishonoured face. In the middle of this, I heard an answer from God saying to me: “We have seen with displeasure the face of the one who was chosen deprived of his good name.” He did not say: “You have seen with displeasure”, but “We have seen with displeasure”, as if he were identifying himself with me; as he said “He who touches you as it were touches the pupil of my eye[Nota].”

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    Re: St Patrick
    « Reply #33 on: December 20, 2018, 01:17:07 AM »
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     For that reason, I give thanks to the one who strengthened me in all things[Nota], so that he would not impede me in the course I had undertaken and from the works also which I had learned from Christ my Lord. Rather, I sensed in myself no little strength from him, and my faith passed the test before God and people.

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    Re: St Patrick
    « Reply #34 on: December 30, 2018, 11:41:58 PM »
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     I make bold to say that my conscience does not blame me, now and in the future[Nota]. I have God for witness that I have not told lies in the account I have given you.

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    Re: St Patrick
    « Reply #35 on: January 11, 2019, 11:45:21 PM »
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    But I grieve more for my very dear friend, that we had to hear such an account – the one to whom I entrusted my very soul. I did learn from some brothers before the case was heard that he came to my defence in my absence. I was not there at the time, not even in Britain, and it was not I who brought up the matter. In fact it was he himself who told me from his own mouth: “Look, you are being given the rank of bishop.” That is something I did not deserve. How could he then afterwards come to disgrace me in public before all, both good and bad, about a matter for which he had already freely and joyfully forgiven me, as indeed had God, who is greater than all?

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