Catholic Review of: Patrick
Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Children
By Jessica Anderson (FL) - See all my reviews
A GREAT Family Night Movie!
Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle is an awesome movie that portrays the amazing life of Saint Patrick. The fascinating story of Celtic pirates, flourishing friendships and unfaltering faith is something that will entertain the entire family. The depiction of Saint Patrick's life is easy for children to understand and they are taught about the Holy Trinity and the importance of prayer in everyday life. Another important lesson learned is about having a complete faith in God and his plan, especially while in circumstances that seem impossible to overcome or endure. Although Patrick is kidnapped away from his home and brought to the pagan filled land of Ireland, he feels God all around him and continues to tell everyone he meets about God. In his struggles he relies on his faith and prevails. This is a beautiful story of a child who becomes a man and from a man transforms into a saint.
I purchased this movie especially for our annual celebration on the Feast of Saint Patrick but this movie was so entertaining it could be watched and enjoyed at any time during the year. I was impressed with the balance of fact and fiction in this movie. There were historical milestones but they were intermingled with the famous legends that go along with Saint Patrick and his evangelization of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Breastplate prayer and the story of the snakes in Ireland are included among Saint Patrick's adventures. I have two younger children and they both wanted to watch this movie over and over again. I am thrilled that inspiring and uplifting movies like these exist and help my children want to learn more about their faith and share it with the world. This movie will be an important addition into your family movie library; I promise you will not be disappointed.