Ask students, Who can tell me what holiday it is today? (St. Patrick's Day!)
Can anyone tell me anything about St. Patrick?
St. Patrick lived in England, and when he was a teenager, he was kidnapped by some people from Ireland and they made him be their slave!
How would you like to be a slave?
How would feel about people who kidnapped you and made you be their slave?
I wouldn't like to be a slave. I would probably be pretty angry at, and maybe even hate, someone who kidnapped me and made me be their slave.
Well, six years later, St. Patrick escaped. He went back England and he studied how to be a priest, or a pastor. Then do you know what he did? He went back to Ireland, and to the people who had kidnapped him and he told them about Jesus!
Even though they had done something bad to him by kidnapping him and making him their slave, he did something good to them by telling them about Jesus.
And that's what God wants us to do too. When people do wrong things to us, God wants us to do good things to them. We never do bad things back to people. We follow St. Patrick's example by doing good to everyone, even people who have done bad to us.
And St. Patrick was so successful in getting the people of Ireland to believe in Jesus, that eventually most of the people in the country became Christians.
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