Monday, February 1, 2010

St. Brigid

Here's the part I like best in the little bio about St. Brigid of Kildare:

Kildare had formerly been a pagan shrine where a sacred fire was kept perpetually burning, and Bridget and her nuns, instead of stamping out the fire, kept it going but gave it a Christian interpretation.

Brigid herself was named, evidently, for the pagan goddess of healing by her druid father. Thus saith Wikipedia, anyway.

I don't know. I find something touching about all of this: that it's not, "This is evil and must be rooted out!" but "This is God's and should be loved and cared for."


it's margaret said...


Anonymous said...

You might enjoy Nathanial Hawthorne's "Marble Faun," a glorious gothic novel in which the pure Protestant Hilda keeps a shrine - gasp! - to the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary ...