The passionate color today is green...
Green beer, parades, Irish coffee, bagpipes, partying, and storytelling. Even the Chicago River is dyed green today.
Go ahead, paint the town green, it's St. Patrick's Day, honoring the patron saint of Ireland who introduced Christianity to Ireland.
Born in Scotland around 385 AD, St. Paddy used the shamrock, the Irish national emblem, to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He converted legions of Irish pagans to Christianity.
With over 34 million Irish in the U.S. (seven times more than the entire population of Ireland), famous Irish-Americans include Walt Disney, Edgar Allen Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Will Rogers, and Spencer Tracy, to name a few.
Of the first 43 American presidents, at least 22 have been of Irish descent.
With the spirit of "everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day," keep your eyes open for leprechauns today. Find a shamrock for luck and keep smiling at the sun.
As the Persian Proverb advised, "Go and wake up your luck." And on this fine day, my firends, look to the hope of spring.
Here is an Irish blessing to send you on your merry way:
"May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go and guide you in whatever you do-- and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always."
May you always have... all that your heart might desire.