I am, then, first and foremost unlearned, an unlettered exile who cannot plan for the future. But this much I know for sure... I was like a stone lying in the deep mud. Then He who is mighty came and in His mercy He not only pulled me out but lifted me up and placed me at the very top of the wall. I must, therefore, speak publicly in order to thank the Lord for such wonderful gifts, gifts for the present and for eternity which the human mind cannot measure.
as translated by Joseph Duffy in Patrick in His Own Words, Veritas Publications, 1972