Musing on St. Patrick’s Breastplate


I was reading this prayer [it is just part of a prayer titled St.Partick’s Breastplate] and it gave me a new understanding of the words “He must increase, I must decrease” … in order for Christ to shine through all parts of our lives, to be as this prayer says we ought to be, we must decrease. Our desires to be comforted, lifted up, and sought out among a crowd of unknown faces must decrease and our desire to comfort, lift up, and seek out those who need us must increase. Our desire to stay within our comfort zone because it is easy to not seek out that person who needs your smile and hello must decrease. Our desire to show the weak strength, to be truly present to the lonely or neglected, to empty ourselves to be used as God desires, to be Christ to others and to grow in holiness, all of these must increase. We are all called to be Christ today in our actions, conversations, thoughts, prayers, and in the littlest of things. Give to someone you do not know the gift of your time. Just one person. Don’t try to give every person you come in contact with tomorrow this gift; if you can then great, but try and just start with one. After all Jesus didn’t just serve the masses … tough he did at times. His ministry was, at times focused on a single person and during these times He was completely present to them. This is something that I have noticed we too often give too little of. Even just a small bit. Myself being the main culprit. But don’t take my word for it … { du du, du } … { jingle from reading rainbow }

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think
that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person
who has nothing to eat. -Mother Teresa


If we do not decrease ourself then there will be no room for God, or the room that is there for Him is not complete room, and we will taint it by our own sinfulness. So let us decrease and allow God to increase so that we may be as God calls us to be.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
-part of the prayer of St. Patrick’s Breastplate
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