Early Christianity

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In the Readings on Early Christianity, there are three major figures of early Christianity introduced: St. Antony, St. Augustine, and St. Patrick. Each Saint had their story, journey, and reasoning to believe in what they believed in. Especially in the spiritual and physical realms aspect, their beliefs may be similar, but one is definitely more convinced than the others that “the spiritual is as real as the physical.” Unlike the other major leaders exposed in this booklet, St. Patrick is a great example of this assumption due to his thankfulness of God’s grace on his life and of others, his gift from God, and the differences he made on countless of lives.
St. Patrick had an unbelievable journey in his life that made him appreciate God’s grace. When he was about sixteen, he was held captive by Irish slave-traders until God showed the light to goodness. From that time on, he “converted with all [his] heart to the Lord [his] God, who had regard for [his] abjection and mercy on [his] youth and ignorance, and watched over [him] before [he] knew Him, and
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Patrick became a major influential figure in the early Christianity times. St. Patrick’s life started out on the extreme side, but he could relate to the feelings of many people. The journey to serve God wholeheartedly was not easy, but he just let himself go along the path God has made for him. He was humble and thankful thinking “[he] was not worthy” but ultimately “remained silent for the love of Christ” (29). The reason why the physical and spiritual was shown as real in St. Patrick’s case was also due to the “many thousands of people” he baptized (32). He still dealt with the real world in terms of food and money, but he was also putting his trust in God that “faithful is He that promised; He never lieth” (33). St. Patrick made a commitment to Christ; slowly but surely, he made “a difference in the lives of countless individuals and transform[ed] the character of an entire culture”

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