Hence I cannot be silent - nor, indeed, is it expedient - about the great benefits and the great grace which the Lord has deigned to bestow upon me in the land of my captivity; for this we can give to God in return after having been chastened by Him, to exalt and praise His wonders before every nation that is anywhere under the heaven. ~ The Confession of Patrick
Patrick was not born in Ireland, but rather he was kidnapped from Britain by Irish raiders and sold into slavery. While enduring the harshness of his captivity, Patrick's heart was moved by God to consider his own sin and he turned with his whole heart to God for salvation. After being a slave for six years, Patrick escaped and returned to Britain. He entered the church and was eventually appointed as a bishop and returned to Ireland as a missionary to preach to his former captors.
Shamrocks, leprechauns and green beer - are these the fitting legacies of St. Patrick? I think not.