Mass in the Irish
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wiegand Recital Hall
(3rd Floor B.P. John Administration Building)
All are welcome to join us!
St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace.
As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a whole pail of milk, and then began to worry about what her mother would say. She prayed to the Lord to make up for what she had given away. When she got home, her pail was full! Bridget was a very pretty young girl, and her father thought that it was time for her to marry. She, however, had given herself entirely to God when she was very small, and she would not think of marrying anyone. When she learned that her beauty was the reason for the attentions of so many young men, she prayed fervently to God to take it from her. She wanted to belong to Him alone. God granted her prayer. Seeing that his daughter was no longer pretty, her father gladly agreed when Bridget asked to become a Nun. She became the first Religious in Ireland and founded a convent so that other young girls might become Nuns. When she consecrated herself to God, a miracle happened. She became very beautiful again! Bridget made people think of the Blessed Mother because she was so pure and sweet, so lovely and gentle. They called her the “Mary of the Irish.” http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=214
He feast is connected to Imbolc, the feast of the Light that shatters the cold darkness of winter as the earth stirs back to life.