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Looking in the Window: Top O' the Mornin' to Ye', St. Patrick and Other Things Irish

  Image by Inspired Images on Pixabay                 So, Who Was St. Patrick? St. Patrick, patron saint and apostle of Ireland, born in the late 4th Century, started his life in Britain as part of a wealthy Romanized family. He grew more passionate about his faith after Irish raiders snatched him from his father’s villa at age sixteen and kept him in captivity as a herdsman. Known for dreams that spoke to him, after six bleak years he dreamed a ship waited to take him home to Britain, and it did. However, he nearly starved and endured another brief confinement before he found his family.   Later while still in Britain, he had another dream. In this one he received a letter headed, “The Voice of the Irish.” Reading it convinced him a group in Ireland beseeched him to join them once more. Because he lacked what he believed was the proper education, he waited to respond. Once he did, doubts plagued him as he embarked. However, when his work began, he grew completely confident in the Lord
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Looking out the Window: Fay Lamb Talks about her Latest Book in The Visitor Series, The Visitor Meets Old Hairy. Holds a Contest.

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Looking in the Window: My Mysterious Rose

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Looking out the Window: The American Christian Fiction Writers February New Releases

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Looking out the Window: Jesus Moving Among Us

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