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Excerpts from: The Confession of Saint Patrick

translated by John Skinner

I am Patrick, yes a sinner, and the simplest of peasant so that I am despised by the majority of men. My father Calpornius, who was a deacon, was the son of Potitus, a priest. We lived in the town of Bannaventa Berniac, and outside there was a small holiday villa. It was here that I was taken captive- I had no option but to surrender myself, for I was not yet sixteen years old... ...It is precisely because of all this that I may not stay silent nor indeed would it serve any purpose, about the great benefits and such great grace which the Lord has seen fit to bestow on me in the land of my captivity... (20)

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