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    Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

    St. Patrick's Day is more than just a celebration of all things Irish, it's the celebration of the spirit of the Irish people, embodied in a single man. St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Patrick was taken prisoner around the age of 16 by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They brought  him to Ireland and sold him into slavery where he spent six years as a shepherd, and during which time he learned the Irish language, and prayed, becoming immersed in his Christian spirituality where he found solace. He had two visions, one which told him to return to his home, the second told him the boat was ready. He walked 200 miles to the coast, boarded the ship and returned to his native land. After he returned home he traveled to Gaul and joined the priesthood, studying under St. Germanus, he was consecrated as a bishop, and sent to Ireland. He was sent to succeed St Palladius, who had not had much success converting the Irish, but Patrick had a dream of the voices of the Irish , entreating him to return. His depth of faith enabled him to return to the land of his enslavement where he worked diligently to convert the Irish to Christianity. It took much work, because the Irish were unwilling to convert, and had trouble relating to the "new" religion. Patrick kept his faith, and through his teachings of Christ on the cross, and by using the three leaves of the native shamrock plant to explain the Holy Trinity he was able to convert much of the country and earned the nickname " enlightener of Ireland" Patrick's great love of the Irish, despite his slavery at their hands early in his life enabled him to save them, this noble cause is why we celebrate him and he has become a symbol of Ireland representing not just the religious faith of the Irish, but also the perseverance of the Irish people against seemingly great odds. His humility in his mission is widely known, and the following quote attributed to him. “I owe it to God’s grace that through me so many people should be born again to Him.” Perseverance, grace, humility. It doesn't get more Irish than that.

    HERLIFE Magazine photo spread The Celtic Ranch

    We're proud that The Celtic Ranch is featured in the trendsetter section of  HERLIFE Magazine Kansas City this month, it's a beautiful spread with photos taken in Terry's barn. No sneak peeks, you'll have to go look at the spread! "HERLIFE Magazine is a full color publication with the mission of Keeping Women Connected. Each month our magazines are dedicated to the celebration of all that is exceptional in our communities. From the inspirational women we promote to interesting topics such as health, beauty and fashion to what's going on locally in each community, we strive to keep today's women connected to the things they need and want."-HERLIFE Magazine

    What is a Celt?

    According to Google, a Celt is: kelt,selt/ noun plural noun: Celts a member of a group of peoples inhabiting much of Europe and Asia Minor in pre-Roman times. Their culture developed in the late Bronze Age around the upper Danube, and reached its height in the La Tène culture (5th to 1st centuries BC) before being overrun by the Romans and various Germanic peoples. a native of any of the modern nations or regions in which Celtic languages are (or were until recently) spoken; a person of Irish, Highland Scottish, Manx, Welsh, or Cornish descent. from Latin Celtae (plural), from Greek Keltoi ; in later use from French Celte ‘Breton’ (taken as representing the ancient Gauls). celt selt/ noun ARCHAEOLOGY plural noun: celts a prehistoric stone or metal implement with a beveled cutting edge, probably used as a tool or weapon. So it's a person or a cutting tool. Sometimes both (heehee). Commonly the term Celt is used to describe persons of Irish, Scottish, Cornish or Welsh descent, although there are seven Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia/Spain, the Isle of Man, and Brittany/Western France). Mostly, the ancient Celts are a mystery. They had no written history, although they had a written alphabet based on trees, called Ogham which can be seen on on monuments around Ireland, Scotland, and Wales among other Celtic countries. Their religion is also a mystery, there are neolithic monuments throughout Celtic countries, thought to be tombs. One of the most famous of these is Newgrange in the Boyne Valley of Ireland. Interestingly, during Winter Solstice, the light comes through a passage inside the monument and lights up the back. This particular monument pre-datesBoru Wood Quay warrior inspired pendant. Boru Wood Quay warrior inspired pendant. Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Ancient Celts were artists, carving spirals on their monuments, as well as making metal chalises  such as the ones found at Arda, the designs on these are used today in Celtic jewelry, cups, plates, wall hangings and other household items. They were fierce warriors, and painted themselves with woad, a blue dye created from a plant to frighten their enemies. They fought naked, and it's believed that Celtic women fought along side their male counterparts. The ancient Celts were a mysterious group, full of passion and spirit. That  legacy lives on in their modern ancestors. Next time you meet an Irishman, Scotsman, or Welshman, remember their rich ancestry. If they're painted blue, well...

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