This letter of Saint Patrick to the soldiers of Coroticus is one of two documents that scholars think were penned by Patrick himself. The other is St Patrick’s Confession which I did a reading of and wrote a blog about here: St Patricks Confession
If you would like to read Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers for yourself, here is where you can find it: http://www.righteousnessislove.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Saint-Patrick-Letter-to-the-soldiers-of-Coroticus.pdf
In the following Youtube video (which is different from the podcast reading of the letter above!) Michael and I discuss with great humor and insight the life of St Patrick and touch upon some of the details of this letter. We talk in Irish accents and joke around a great deal! It was truly one of the funniest and funnest episode I have done to date!
Contents of Patricks Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus
I find that Patrick is quite serious about Scripture! He has a healthy fear of God that we could all learn from. Patrick notes the fact that if Jesus and the Apostles never lied, and neither should we. We must remain faithful to the truth even if all the world around us refuses to.
The truth often stings. Especially when it is a word of rebuke or correction. But the Scriptures are for this very purpose!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Patrick’s letter points out the obvious, that there are severe consequences for our poor actions. Crime never pays. That sin bears it’s own punishment. You will reap what you sow. He quotes Scripture again and again proving his case.
Love and the transforming power of the Good News of Jesus is the only answer!