Saint Brigid of Ireland (c.452-524)

for February 1

Saint Brigid was the daughter of an Irish king and a Christian slave woman. She was known for her joy, kindness, and compassion toward the poor. Brigid could not stand to see anyone suffering, so she frequently gave away her father's possessions to help the poor. This angered her father, but Brigid told him that "Christ dwells in every creature." Brigid felt called to religious life, and she went to her bishop to take her vows. She founded several convents, including the famous double monastery at Kildare for both monks and nuns. Saint Brigid of Ireland is the patron saint of many things, including dairy workers, blacksmiths, travelers, and babies.

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Saint Brigid was very compassionate and kind toward the poor. Do you show the poor and suffering kindness and compassion, or are you scared away by a situation that you are unfamiliar with? Ask for God's help to always assist those who need help, especially during difficult situations.


God, I know that you suffer with all the suffering people. Give me strength when I am confronted with difficult situations. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)