Happy St. Brigid’s day, everyone! Or, to call it by its proper Irish name, Feile Bríde (the festival of Brigid). Since I’m trying to spend more time editing my book than updating this blog these days, I’ll keep this brief: first, here’s a couple of links to explore…
- A wonderful biography of Brigid, courtesy of St. Dunstan’s Priory in Colorado;
- The Solas Bhríde (Light of Brigid) Center in Kildare, Ireland, where Brigidine sisters keep alive the saint’s commitment to peace, justice, prayer, and hospitality.
Now for the splendid “beer prayer” traditionally attributed to the good Irish saint:
I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.
I’d love the Heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.
I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.
White cups of love I”d give them,
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer
To every man.
I’d make Heaven a cheerful spot,
Because the happy heart is true.
I’d make the men contented for their own sake
I’d like Jesus to love me too.
I’d like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around,
I’d give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.
I’d sit with the men, the women of God
There by the lake of beer
We’d be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.
— St. Brigid of Kildare (translator unknown)
Finally, one more image: a photograph of beautiful stained glass windows featuring two of my favorite saints…