Saint Brigid is associated with Christian charity and is celebrated for her generosity to those in need. It was said that she could not bear to see anyone cold or hungry since she truly believed that Christ dwelt in every person. She strived to work with the less fortunate with love and compassion. Her love of God and love of neighbor were obvious to all who knew her. Catholic education also was a great priority for her. She strived to see that the Catholic faith was taught clearly and thoroughly. She founded several schools and is regarded as the patron saint of students. This is very appropriate at this time since we are in the midst of Catholic Schools Week.
The following “Prayer to Saint Brigid” reflects the spirituality of her life:
YOU BROUGHT LIGHT TO THE DARKNESS. YOU BROUGHT HOPE TO THE DOWNCAST.
MAY THE MANTLE OF YOUR PEACE COVER THOSE WHO ARE TROUBLED AND ANXIOUS,
AND MAY PEACE BE FIRMLY ROOTED IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR WORLD.
INSPIRE US TO ACT JUSTLY AND TO REVERENCE ALL GOD HAS MADE.
BRIGID, YOU WERE A VOICE FOR THE WOUNDED AND THE WEARY. STRENGTHEN WHAT IS WEAK WITHIN US.
CALM US INTO A QUIETNESS THAT HEALS AND LISTENS.
MAY WE GROW EACH DAY INTO GREATER WHOLENESS IN MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT. AMEN.