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Friday Faves: Amy’s {Irish} Brain Dump Edition

16 Mar

Top of the mornin’ to ya!  That was my Americanized version of a traditional Irish greeting.  Really, what do you expect from a lass that’s only 1/16 Irish?  Still, my wee bit o’ Irish blood and my love of the color “green” makes me leap like a leprechaun (with joy, of course!)  Since I’ve blogged about St. Patrick’s Day in the past, I invite you to check out my fascinating discourse on Mickey D’s Shamrock Shakes, among other items of interest.

Last week, I passed a church sign displaying part of St. Patrick’s famous prayer, “The Lorica” (a.k.a. “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”).  Immediately, I turned around and snapped this photo (as well as several others from their spring garden—to be featured next week in a photo essay). 

The Lorica is one of my favorite prayers (and the part about “sorcerers” makes me chuckle, though we would be wise to pray about such things), especially the “Christ within me” section.  To read the full prayer, go here (saintly pic of Patrick included).  Print it out and use it as a bookmark in your Bible.  (If you use it to mark the Lord’s Prayer, you have a double-prayer win!)

Since I haven’t done Friday Faves in a good, long while, much to your chagrin, I will attempt to keep this brain dump short and sweet.  Truth be told, I haven’t been prowling around blogs and websites these past few months, so I’m fairly out of the loop.  Being in the loop tends to make me dizzy, so perhaps we’re all better off. 

Focusing on God, being quiet before Him, reading my Bible, and practicing contemplative prayer are far more valuable to me right now.  I feel my sweet season under the broom tree is coming to an end; it’s a bittersweet reality.  My Mary heart longs to rest in God, but I am urged to rest in Him while living life outside the cloister of my apartment. 


So, that’s it…oh, wait, you want some linkage, don’t you?  Silly me!  Alright, here’s what I’ve been reading about all over the Interwebs…

*If you’re been raised in the Church, you already know what words like “anointing” and “salvation” mean, but if you’re new to all these wacky Christian terms, or just need a refresher, then you need to learn “Christianese.”  There are many sites that offer explanations on Christianese and church culture at large–including one of my faves, Stuff Chrsitians Like, run by Jon Acuff (Read Jon’s Take 5).  This apologetics blog offers a “Christianese Dictionary,” with helpful definitions and no snark at all.  If you’re into snark, you better check out Matthew Paul Turner at Jesus News New P.R.  While you’re there, check out this hilarious pic of Jesus’ resurrection drawn by a 4th Grader.

*Way back in February author/pastor Pete Wilson wrote a great blog post about jesting called,What Does Being Sarcastic Say About You?In his honest, yet frank style, Wilson asks himself about his own issues with sarcasm, but mostly quotes the article.  A lot.   I could send you to the article itself, but Pete Wilson has such cool hipster hair, you should really just go to his blog instead.

*I’m so out of touch with “Friday Faves” I don’t even know which of these links I used, so if anything is a repeat, just count yourself doubly blessed.  Randy Elrod, who knows Philip Yancey, wrote a great post a couple months ago about failure.  It’s called, “Why Our Mistakes Must Not Be Allowed to Define Us.”  I often think that when people see me, they only remember me for my failures, and lately, through meeting up with old friends, I realize it is not true at all.  I have allowed my mistakes to define me…and others have not.

While I’d like to include more fascinating linkage, it’s not the morning anymore.  In fact, we’re heading right through the afternoon into the dinner hour, so I’d better wrap things up.  Tell me how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (I get a Shamrock Shake)…and what is your favorite “Christianese” term?  Are you sarcastic?  What does that say about you?  Do you let your mistakes define you?  Are you excited about Brinley the Shih Tzu Puppy?

Being Irish, St. Patrick, and the elusive Shamrock Shake

17 Mar

Green beer, little men with red beards, rainbows, gold coins, and shamrocks–icons of one of America’s favorite excuses to drink–St. Patrick’s Day.

I’ve heard it said that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but I disagree.  You’re only Irish if you live in Ireland or have Irish ancestors.  Otherwise, you are not Irish…at all.  But feel free to live it up in shamrock bowler hats with gallons of green beer.  I’ll admit I rarely drink alcohol…but green beer?  Ick!  (If you do, here’s a recipe.)

When it comes to Ireland, I prefer to think of “wee people”, potatoes, Celtic music, U2, the Cranberries, clover, and my half-Irish grandmother who liked to say, “Who needs the Irish?  All they do is fight and drink.”  My grandmother grew up with an alcoholic father and an unloving grandmother who truly believed in the “wee people” so  her view of the Irish was slightly askew due to her unpleasant reality.

Still I proudly claim my Irish heritage, be it only 12.5% of my ancestry. (I’m also 12.5% Scottish, 12.5% German, 12.5 % Swiss, 25% Ukranian, and 25% Austrian [which my mom tried to say is practically German, but I reject that statement on the grounds that it’s much cooler to be Austrian.])   A wee bit Irish is better than no Irish at all!

There are various widespread traditions in the U.S. such as dyeing various bodies of water green such as canal entrances, fountains, rivers, drinking water, the ocean…oh, wait, I got a little carried away there.  Apparently, New Orleans has a Mardi Gras-like parade in which strings of beads, cabbage and potatoes are thrown off floats (it’s true–read about that and more here).  I’ve also learned you can pinch people who don’t wear green on St. Patty’s Day, and you can drink as much beer as you want without getting drunk.

Interestingly enough, the actual man for who the wild holiday is named wasn’t the party hardy type as tradition would have it.  He was Patrick of Wales, a British-born missionary to Ireland, who was believed to have used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Trinity.  Kidnapped at the age of 16, Patrick managed to escape six years later, whereupon he entered a monastery having renounced his pagan ways.  After being taught in Gaul, he discovered his mission in life was to convert the pagans.

Finally, he went to Ireland, taught people about Christianity for 30 years, and set up school and churches.  The Celtic Druids considered him an enemy and threat to paganism, so he was regularly arrested and imprisoned.  Patrick died on March 17, AD 461.  He is also said to have driven the snakes from Ireland with a sermon (even though snakes aren’t native to Ireland) as well as raise the dead (more info).  Rumor has it that Patrick was also the man who witnessed to and inspired Brigid, another one of Ireland’s most beloved saints (read more about St. Brigid).

Makes you wonder what St. Patrick would think of the glitzy green bow ties, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” pins, and McDonald’s Shamrock shakes (they’re pretty tasty, I’m sure he’d like ’em).  Since St. Patrick himself wasn’t actually Irish, I guess everyone really can be Irish on St. Patrick’s day…so pass the Lucky Charms and green milk and let’s get celebratin’.

You don’t have to be Irish to love Shamrock shakes.  Yum!  Apparently Shamrock shakes were discontinued from some Mccy D’s for a while…how sad!

More random Irish sh-tuff…

*”Kiss me, I’m Irish”–originates with the Blarney Stone, a stone that if kissed endows the kisser with great speaking skills (more info).

*Erin Go Braugh means “Ireland forever” (more info).

*The Irish Potato Blight

*The movie, Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

*All about leprechauns

*Famous female pirate, Grace O’Malley of Ireland


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