Saint Patrick’s Staff and the Quiet Druid

Saint Patrick, as most people know, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and converting the natives to the religion.  As such, before him, they were relatively ignorant of Christianity and its practices.

Once, Saint Patrick baptized a Druid priest.  We led the man into the water, thrust down his heavy staff, and recited the proper prayers.  After he finished, he told the Druid that he could now leave.

“But I can’t,” he replied.

“Why not?”

“Your staff is on my foot.”

Saint Patrick looked down, and so it was.  His staff had been driven into the man’s foot.  “Why didn’t you say something?” asked the saint.

“I thought it was part of the ceremony,” replied the Druid.