St. Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, called
"Mary of the Gael"
English BRIDE or BRIDGET
St. Bridget was the daughter (possibly
illegitimate) of a pagan chieftan and a Christian serving woman. From
childhood, Bridget had a reputation for generosity and hoped to become a
nun. Stories that St. Patrick baptized her are now discounted; she is said
to have become a nun under St. Mel, nephew of Patrick. She is said to have
performed many miracles, often associated with the multiplication of food
or drink. She founded Cill-Dara, the church of the oak, c. 470. She may
have been a hermit whom others seeking the monastic life joined at
Kildaire. The monastery was the only double-monastery in Ireland and
became among the best-known and most powerful of monastic houses in the
country. Legends say that Ibor consecrated her a bishop, and this is one
reason cited for the power and influence that the abbesses of Kildaire
wielded. When Bridget died in the early VI Century, she was buried at
Kildaire. Some say that no man was allowed to enter the shrine to St.
Bridget, which the English looted in the time of Henry VIII.
Karen Rae Keck
The Heavenly Banquet:
Apocalyptic (and very Celtic)
poem about drinking
celestial beer in the
--- Catholic Forum
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