“My Annual Über-Celtic Moment “
by David Alexander
March 17, 2012
Longtime readers of man with black hat have read most of this before, but we have some new people in our audience.
So the rest of you, humor me.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Patrick (387-493), the patron saint of Ireland. It is on the Emerald Isle that the day was traditionally a religious holiday, when the bars would close and the churches would be full out of obligation. Only in recent years has the Irish feast seen a more rebellious spirit, complete with parades and green beer, which is definitely an American influence.
Growing up in a postwar Catholic environment, we were taught that there were two kinds of people; those who were Irish, and those who wish they were. There were the Irish nuns who favored the Irish kids, including the unforgettable Sister Mary Mel, who wasn’t above calling some miscreant a “jackass.” My own family fell into neither category. I came to dismiss the whole notion of St Paddy’s Day — indeed, the whole notion of being Irish — as a license for certain people to be more arrogant and obnoxious than they already were.
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