Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Holy Sacred Sock

Okay. I don't normally put gewgaws and whatsits in this blog because although they're cool, shopping isn't really what it's all about spiritually, in my books.

But this is just too weird to mis

Earthy greens and the warm tones of fall leaves stripe recall the highlands and sacred flames of the woman of Irish myth. RocknSocks label, made in the USA.$15.00 US
Please choose your preferred style:
Fiber Content: 85% regenerated cotton/acrylic/polyester, 10% nylon, 5% elastic.
Machine wash, tumble dry low.
Sizing Tips: 21 inches from heel to top of cuff.
Label says these fit US shoe size women's 6-11 and men's 7-10.
These fit a 19 inch calf fantastically as a knee high!
Additional Info: Image courtesy of RocknSocks.
RocknSocks creates original and unique socks made in the U.S.A. with regenerated cotton yarns. Regenerated cotton is a recycled textile made using a unique manufacturing process that conserves land, water, and energy.

Thanks to Vannah of the Daughters of the Flame for this one!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Under the Oak: A Blogger Named Brigit

St. Bridget by Ó Dubáin

A very special blog exists out there. It's called
Under the Oak.

Under the Oak has at time of writing no less than 45 posts tagged St. Bridget, among a total of 306 posts altogether, yet the blog was started only nine months ago - to the day, in fact, on 19 January 2009.

The blogger, who calls herself only Brigit, is diligent and apparently tireless. There is surely a lifetime's worth of information to explore already on her site.

This was her first posting:

Monday, 19 January 2009

Under the Oak

Welcome to Under the Oak, a blog dedicated to the saints of Ireland and especially to our national patroness, Saint Brigid of Kildare. It was under the oak at Kildare that tradition claims Saint Brigid founded her famous monastery - a house of hospitality, learning and prayer. It was also under the oak, the oak of Mamre, that the Righteous Patriarch Abraham provided hospitality for the three heavenly visitors.

I hope, please God, to make available materials relating to the lives of the Irish saints - hagiographies, prayers, hymns - and to the early Irish church in general.

May we all be under the protection of the Most Holy Trinity and under the mantle of Brigid!

I leave you to explore this smith's treasury of information. As a teaser, I will give you the list of her tags, an impressive collection, indeed!


Catholic Ireland DOT Net: Brigit Offerings is, rather self-explanatorily, a site for Irish Catholics and their admirers and friends. A quick search of the site yields a small number of articles on St. Brigit. To whit:

February 1st, the feast of Imbolg in the old Celtic year, marked the beginning of spring. It was Christianised and adapted as the feast of St Brigid and many rituals still associated with the feast are best understood in the light of their pagan Celtic origins. After a Foreword on the life of Brigid as told in the Leabhar Breac, Seán Ó Duinn describes these rites and explores their relevance for today.

236 pp, Columba Press, 2005. To purchase this book online, go to

On this page are the table of contents, foreword, and a large section of the first chapter of the book.

The Irish in the Middle Ages had an intriguing way of expressing devotion to the Child Jesus. And it was more than mere fancy, writes Gilbert Márkus.

This article, which first appeared in Spirituality, a publication of the Irish Dominicans, explores the idea of Brigit as the Mother of God, and extends it other Christians as well. It ends with the observation:

"Many nations and cultures, not only the Gaels, explored this imagery of the Christian disciple as the mother of God. The application of the Gaelic title már Choimded máthair to Brigit, ‘mother of the great Lord’, is not some kind of weird error or deviation. It is a natural flowering of the creative mind in love, part of that ever unfolding process of finding new ways to express the love poured into our hearts."

Brigid of Kildare is a patroness of those who have a care for the earth, for justice and equality, for peace and she is a model for a contemplative life. Brigidine sister Rita Minehan profiles her here.

"A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover - and draw inspiration from - the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time. When we look at the life of Brigid and at some of these issues we can see more clearly why she continues to be relevant to us today."

The article looks at the many sides of spiritual life that St. Brigit models - carer, inspirer, etc.

For the full text of these articles, follow the links or go to