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Welcome to A Catholic Reader, a blog about great literature, good books, and the ways stories can help us to understand the world and our own lives better. This blog is "catholic" with a little "c" (meaning all-inclusive and wide-ranging) and also "Catholic" with a big "C," meaning informed by the Catholic (i.e., universal Christian) faith.

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Put on the Armor of Light, on St. Patrick’s Day and every day

Illustration from Slate.com

As this article from Slate acknowledges, very few concrete facts about Ireland’s patron saint have survived. Much that we think we know is merely legend. Keeping that in mind, did you ever wonder why Saint Patrick is credited with expelling snakes (not wolves, not badgers, not even demons) from the Emerald Isle?

I’m not going to dispute whether holy Padraic literally chased serpentine creatures from Ireland, but you have to admit that on […] Continue Reading…

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