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“My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers”
Saint Patrick really existed. Two Latin works, still surviving, can definitely be attributed to Patrick’s own authorship. Composed in Latin, in the fifth century and preserved in manuscripts dating from the 800’s onwards, these are the oldest extant texts written in Ireland.
One of these documents is his Confessio or “Confession”, which is a testimony to Patrick’s personal faith and trust in God, to whom he attributes the entire success of his mission in Ireland. This short document, in a very accessible and accurate English translation by our very own Father Pádraig McCarthy, can be read at;
A Legend of St. Patrick, by Briton Riviere, c. 1877. Sudley House, Liverpool, United Kingdom.