This week, I will be infusing the blog with some puns and what most will think as dumb jokes. A groany grin is still a smile and a sort of chuckle is at least the beginnings of a full on laugh. It's an especially good time to get a smile or laugh going on.
Saint Brigid of Kildare is Ireland’s only female patron saint. Interestingly, her father was a pagan. Brigid was actually baptized by Saint Patrick. She is considered the patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle, chicken farmers, children whose parents are not married, dairymaids, milk maids and dairy workers, fugitives, infants, mariners, midwives, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travellers, watermen, creative scholars and poets -a wide spectrum of those protected by her sainthood. As well, she is the Druid Goddess of poetry and healing in Celtic myth. Brigid (c 451-523) has been held up as a symbol of Divine Femininity. She was a powerful Abbess who offered an alternative to the confines of domestic life to up to 14,000 women, a peace-weaver, a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women. And she was also reputed to be an expert dairywoman and brewer. She was known for her generosity and concern for the poor. Brigid’s mother was in charge of the Master’s dairy. Brigid tended to give the produce away to the poor. The dairy prospered in spite of her generosity. When she gave produce to the poor it tended to multiply! There's a familiar story. Also, when she gave water to a thirsty stranger, the water turned to milk (which in Ireland means Guinness). A quote that fits her, is from her and evokes Truth in consciousness:
Christ dwells in every creature.
“Yes, of course,” said the doctor, “why not!”
“Oh! How wonderful that will be,” said the patient with joy, “I have been illiterate for so long.”