Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 1

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Romans 5:1-21

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-- 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 1

“Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 1” is episode #394 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Matt Summer and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on March 7, 1998.


Whit tells Jared DeWhite the story of Patrick, a slave boy who changed the history of an entire nation through his dedication to Jesus.


Jared arrives at Whit's End wearing a green sweater in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but is not sure why the green has significance, so Whit offers to tell him the story of St. Patrick.

In flashback, the drama describes the early life of Patrick, a rebellious young Englishman. Irish raiders destroy Patrick's village and take him captive to Ireland. On the boat to Ireland, Patrick tells Julius, the baker's son, that he believes the destruction of his home is due to his disobedience toward his father.

King Niehl, under the influence of Lochrue, a Druid priest, takes slaves from the British captives as workers and human sacrifices. At the slave auction, Patrick is chosen as a human sacrifice, but on the way to the temple, Patrick is taken into slavery by Mieclu, a landowner, as payment for a debt. The six years that Patrick serves as a shepherd for Mieclu prove to be a turning point as he grows closer and closer to God. He has a vision telling him to return to England. When Mieclu refuses to grant him his freedom, he escapes and takes passage on a vessel bound first for France, then to England.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Patrick felt that the village raid was God's punishment for him. Do you think it was?
  2. Why did Whit say that being a shepherd was a good thing for Patrick?
    • What did Patrick's vision from God tell him to do?
  3. Why couldn't Patrick seal his arrangement to the ship captain "with blood"?
    • Why did he object to this?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Auctioneer Alan Young
Calpurnius Alan Young
English Villager Nathan Carlson
Jared DeWhite Brandon Gilberstadt
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Julius Nathan Carlson
Liam Will Ryan
Lochrue Earl Boen
Lucitmael Flo Di Re
Mieclu Phil Lollar
King Niehl Pete Reneday
Patrick (young) Chad Reisser
Patrick (adult) Pete Reneday
Volcat Paul Herlinger

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Mrs. DeWhite Jared DeWhite
Connie Kendall John Whittaker


  • According to the writings attributed to the historical Saint Patrick, the tradition of the ship's captain was not to cut their breasts but for a subordinate to suck on the captain's breast as a sign of devotion. It is not known why the writers changed this detail but in that way they actually made the pagan tradition more violent then in the historical story.



King Niehl: Ah, my dear Lochrue, you have the heart of a priest and the mind of a criminal. You should be in government.

Patrick: Am I a piece of meat that you think you can simply pass around?!
Mieclu: In fact boy, you are.