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Brigit of Kildare

While Brigit’s life is shrouded in myth as well as in history, there is much that the thoughtful Christian can take from her story. Foremost is her apparent ability to stand at the threshold of shifting cultural paradigms and, like the wise householder of scripture, bring forth good things, both old and new. As a preeminent bridge builder between ancient and new ways, Brigit’s story is strangely compelling for earth’s peoples in the second millennium CE. More than ever we are required to respect the religious understandings of people different from ourselves.

Essay and prayer by Christine Schenk, CSJ