Saint Brigid of Ireland
Saint Brigid of Ireland
Most people only remember Saint Patrick as the patron saint of Ireland. However, his female counterpart is just as important! Saint Brigid is also the patron saint of Ireland and she was born in 451. Saint Brigid of Ireland was the daughter of the King of Scotland, but her mother was a poor slave and she was not recognized as royalty for that. Her mother raised her and taught her to be a good Christian.
Brigid's mother wanted to make sure that she raised her child in a way so she would know important things, such as different Christian values. Brigid went to see Saint Patrick speak in public one day. This was a huge moment for Brigid and she never forgot about it. When Brigid became a teenager, her father requested that she become his servant. So, Brigid did but she liked to take possessions from around her father's place and give them to the needy. This made her father very mad, and he decided that he wanted to sell her off to another king. This never ended up happening because the king who was supposed to buy Brigid found out she was getting sold for her kindness to the poor. He thought Brigid was a great person. Brigid would eventually be given her freedom as opposed to being sold as a slave.
The first thing Brigid did with her freedom was to seek out her mother. She had not seen her since being put into slavery for her father. She found her mother on a farm working as a slave. Brigid took a job on the farm trying to earn enough money to purchase her mother's freedom from her master.
She would earn her mother's freedom although it was not easy by any means. After getting her mother freed, Brigid was called to see her father the king. Her father had found a man who wished to marry Brigid and expected her to go through with it. Brigid was devoted to God though, and had no interest in marriage at all. Brigid was very good looking and that was a problem because she attracted many men. She did not want to marry though, so she prayed to God for her looks to go away. They did and she began taking her vows as a nun. When she was finished becoming a nun she gained her looks back miraculously.
Brigid is known for putting together many convents in Ireland during her time. Many of them are still around today. In 525, Saint Brigid passed away.