The Meaning of the Shamrock

Irish_cloverEven the great Scottish Saint Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, struggled with the explanation of the Trinity as he toiled at converting the pagan Irish to Christianity.

Patrick’s solution was to use the three small leaflets of the shamrock as symbolic of the three divine persons in the one true and living God. Patrick’s symbol, of the Most Holy Trinity, became the national emblem of Ireland and is now proudly worn by Irish and non-Irish alike the world over on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Thankfully, today we are not being called to follow Saint Patrick’s footsteps to find a new and ingenious way of representing the profound and complex doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity.