St. Patrick disrespect

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What a shame it is that when we see the name of St. Patrick in the newspapers today, we find stories about drinking and fighting and uninhibited carousing (“St. Patrick’s Campus Revelry Goes Sour,” March 10). How far away that is from the real St. Patrick, who was born in England in the later part of the fourth century, kidnapped by Irish pirates and spent six years as a slave in Ireland. After escaping back to England, he became a priest, returned to Ireland, the site of his slavery, and spent the rest of his life peacefully converting the pagans and Druids to Christianity.

And yet today, so many people find it necessary to drink to excess in his name, disrespecting themselves and others, as well as property, as though this is the way it should be. Is that any way to honor him? Maybe this shows how much we still need people like St. Patrick in our lives.

CHARLES JESSEN
Brookline


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