Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid

by MARGO SNYDER

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Overview

Brigg-id" or "Bree-id" but almost never is -- was born in A.D. 451 or 452 to a pagan father (Dubthach) and Christian slave mother (Broicsech) just after the time that St. Patrick was preaching (St. Patrick died in A.D. 493).





Saint of Creativity, Scholars,
Poets.

babies; blacksmiths; boatmen; brewers; cattle; chicken farmers; children whose parents are not married; children with abusive fathers; children born into abusive unions; Clan Douglas; dairymaids; dairy workers; fugitives; infants; Ireland; Leinster, mariners; midwives; milk maids; nuns; poets; poor; poultry farmers; poultry raisers; printing presses; sailors; scholars; travellers; watermen
St. Bridget a patroness of students, but she also founded a school of art,


It is said a Bishop -- a follower of St. Patrick -- met the pregnant slave woman and predicted that the child she was carrying would do great things. It is said, too, that a Druid of Dubthach's household had predicted that there would soon be born one who "shall be called from her great virtues the truly pious brigid; she will be another Mary, mother of the great Lord."

Brigid's mother was sent away at the insistence of her father's wife -- sold to a Druidic poet in Connacht -- but Brigid was to be returned to her father after she was raised (it was undoubtedly he who gave her her name -- most likely in honor of the false goddess, Brigid, whose name means "Fiery Arrow" and who was akin to the Roman goddess Minerva, who concerned herself with fertility, prosperity, and poetry, and who was symbolized by a spear, crown, and globe). Her impoverished, enslaved mother did her best to raise her well, and a white red-eared cow is said to have provided all the food St. Brigid needed to grow, indicating that she was special indeed as white red-eared cows are rare in Ireland.

When she was around 10 or so, she did move back to be with her father at Faughart Hill. She was given charge of the dairy -- but gave much of the produce away. This enraged her father, but she was strong-willed and continued in her charity.

While still young, Brigid went to visit a Christian mission. The Bishop there was recounting a dream he had in which he saw Our Lady, and as he spoke, Brigid entered the room. He stopped and said that she was the one he'd seen in his vision -- another sign of the special graces she'd been given.

Not too long later, Brigid returned to her mother and found her working hard in a dairy. Brigid stayed on to help her mother, leaving the relative luxury of her father's house out of love for her mother. She continued her charity, of course, churning butter in 13 portions in honor of Christ and the Apostles -- one portion larger than the rest which she'd give to the poor. Despite her giving away much of the produce, her pantry was always full -- miraculously so. This miracle and Brigid's charity changed the hearts of the Druid who'd bought her mother, and he and his wife converted to the Faith and gave Brigid's mother her freedom, whereupon she and Brigid returned to the land of Brigid's pagan father.

Brigid was hated by her father's wife, and her charity wasn't pleasing to her father, either,
she gave away some of his wealth, so her father took her to live as a bond maid with Dunlang, King of Leinster, a Christian. When they arrived, Dubthach went in to speak with the King, leaving Brigid in the chariot. A leper came to her, and she gave him her father's sword so he'd have something of value -- even as Dubthach was complaining to the King about how Brigid was always giving away his things.

King Dunlang, after meeting and speaking with Brigid herself and seeing Christian greatness in her, convinced her father to give her her freedom, and then gave him his own sword to compensate for the one Brigid had given away.


As a freewoman, she became a part of her father's clan, and being a part of the clan made her marriageable to the clansmen. They began to seek her out as she was beautiful, but she consecrated herself to Christ and wanted no part of marriage.
she became the first nun in Ireland.















Product Details

BN ID: 2940149268443
Publisher: M.M.Snyder
Publication date: 05/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 923,689
File size: 3 MB

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