Saint Brigid is one of the three most beloved Patron Saints of Ireland, along with Columba and Patrick. She walked that fair green land from approximately 453-525. She is known for her attributes of radical hospitality, generosity, and peace; and is often regarded as the patron of healing, poetry, and smithcraft; as well as midwifery, infants, cattle, dairy farmers, and a host of others! Brigid is a busy lass!
Brigid is quoted as saying that a person without a soul friend is like a body without a head. So I tend to see her also as the Patron Saint of soul-friendship; and as a faithful and powerful Soul Friend herself, to those who seek to integrate her attributes into their lives in today’s world. She has been a trusted spiritual companion to me for a quarter century. As time goes by I love her all the more, and feel great joy in honoring her spirit here at Saint Brigid’s Hearth.
I will leave you with a portion of a prayer, attributed to Brigid, that I recite each morning…
“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. ” ~Amen
Brigid’s Feast is celebrated 1 February; corresponding with the Celtic Festival of Imbolc. May God bless you and keep you under Brigid’s mantle!