This thought resulted from a conversation with my resident expert on all things Catholic.
A brief review of Wikipedia reveals that St Patrick played a huge role in spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. That’s definitely a worthy cause. However I get confused because the article goes on to talk about driving snakes out of Ireland. I conclude that these aren’t actual snakes, but are similar to what Christ called “off spring of vipers” in Matthew 12:34.
Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.American Standard Version. 1995 (Mt 12:34). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Which makes very good sense to me, and is applicable to our present day as a principle. Evil people will reap their just reward. May God hasten the day!