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Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Saint Patrick’s Day Message

March 17, 2019. To the People of Ireland at Home and Abroad

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, on March 16, 2019, issued the following message for the observance of St. Patrick’s Day.

“Partnership and tolerance, mutual trust and respect, equality and a complete renunciation of violence, are essential for the building of a lasting and just peace.  All the more reason then for us to resolve, in the name of Saint Patrick, to avoid any return to an infrastructure of suspicion and division which could so easily set back decades of progress … As Saint Patrick himself prayed, may God’s strength ‘pilot us’ in the coming days, months and years” – Archbishop Eamon Martin

Message

Forty years ago Pope John Paul II visited Ireland, as a pilgrim for peace.  He had wanted to visit Armagh, the Cathedral city of Saint Patrick, but because of the tensions of those troubled times, his plans had to be changed at the last minute.  Instead, the Holy Father stopped just north of Drogheda, not far from the Hill of Slane.

Standing for the first time on Irish soil, the Successor of Peter recalled how Saint Patrick lit the Paschal Fire in Ireland “so that the light of Christ might shine forth on all of Ireland and unite all of its people in the love of the one Jesus Christ.”

In 1979 the border between north and south was heavily militarised and monitored.  Pope John Paul II chose to speak about Christ as Prince of Peace, and against the construction of “barriers of hate and mistrust”.

On 29 September 1979 the Polish Pontiff said at an open-air Mass in Drogheda, “Let history record that at a difficult moment in the experience of the people of Ireland, the Bishop of Rome set foot in your land, that he was with you and prayed with you for peace and reconciliation, for the victory of justice and love over hatred and violence.”

As a young eighteen-year-old, the words of now Saint John Paul moved me greatly, especially when he called for respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of the human person, for the spirit of Christian love and forgiveness, and for a complete rejection of violence.  In fervent prayer, he invoked the help of Saint Patrick to “watch over Ireland.  Protect humanity”.

In these days of ongoing political and economic uncertainty over Brexit, I have been hearing families across the island of Ireland – including those who live and work along the border and those who make their living from farming, business, and haulage – express anxiety about what the future might hold.  People are speaking about relationships within these islands – north and south, east and west – becoming more strained and fragile.

This year on Saint Patrick’s Day I, therefore, offer that same prayer, “Saint Patrick, watch over Ireland.  Protect humanity.”

One of the great architects of our peace process, Mr. John Hume, used to speak of the border not simply as “a line on a map”, but as the institutionalized division that can exist for centuries “in hearts and minds”.   If we have learned anything since the Good Friday Agreement, twenty-one years ago, it is that partnership and tolerance, mutual trust and respect, equality and complete renunciation of violence, are essential for the building of lasting and just peace.  All the more reason then for us to resolve, in the name of Saint Patrick, to avoid any return to an infrastructure of suspicion and division which could so easily set back decades of progress.

During his ministry, Saint Patrick was not afraid to speak up strongly for the dignity of the human person.  He was a champion for dialogue and for the peaceful resolution of problems.  He offered friendship and forgiveness to his former captors and even to the corrupt slave-trader, Coroticus, who attacked his newly-baptized converts.

I hope this weekend that the prayers and example of Saint Patrick will help our politicians, community leaders and all of us to treat each other with respect in these trying times.  If we are to find a way forward and face our many challenges, we need to recover that spirit of fraternity and “strive to do bigger and better things” (Confession 47).  As Saint Patrick himself prayed, may God’s strength “pilot us” in the coming days, months and years.

Agus go dtuga Naomh Pádraig aire daoibh, go dtreoraí sé sibh agus bhur gclanna; go dtuga sé a dhea-mhéin chun bhur muintire agus chun cairde uilig na hÉireann ar fuaid an domhain, inniu agus i gcónaí [May Saint Patrick watch over and guide you, your family and loved ones and all friends of Ireland throughout the world, today and always].