The Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, dates back at least to circa 700 A.D. and is one of the Church’s oldest hymns–and still after all these years (our modern version was published in 1912) is one of the most popular hymns we know, world-wide.
I did not know that the origin of this hymn rests with St. Patrick in the 4th century. Patrick defied the powerful, pagan Druid religious establishment in Ireland, and one of his most dramatic sermons was immortalized in a poem that was recast as a hymn some hundreds of years after Patrick preached it. Through this hymn, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, St. Patrick still speaks to us today.
We should listen.