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St. Patrick On One Baptism
There is a strong emphasis on baptism in the life of St. Patrick. In this passage he indicates that no adult is saved without baptism when speaking about the newly-baptized converts who had been slain by the soldiers of Coroticus. He teaches that his labors to make sure these people left the world baptized were not in vain (but necessary).
St. Patrick, Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, 5th century: “The day after the newly baptized, anointed with chrism, in white garments (had been slain) – the fragrance was still on their foreheads when they were butchered and slaughtered... I sent a letter...
Perhaps they do not believe that we have received one and the same baptism, or have one and the same God as Father. For them it is a disgrace that we are Irish. Have ye not, as is written, one God?... I grieve for you, I grieve, my dearly beloved. But again, I rejoice within myself. I have not labored for nothing, and my journeying abroad has not been in vain. And if this horrible, unspeakable crime did happen – thanks be to God, you have left the world and have gone to Paradise as baptized faithful.”
St. Patrick on Prayer
St. Patrick, Confession, 5th century: “And my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many in the night, and even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountains; and I used to get up for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me…”
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