Today is the feast of St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, and a woman of extraordinary spirituality, boundless charity, and compassion for others. There's a wonderful background about her here, and several books about her here.
Our day started with a cup of Irish tea and a fresh loaf of St. Brigid's Oaten Bread. (Which is really wonderful, I have a love of all things soda bread.)
We also made some St. Brigid's crosses
out of pipe cleaners using this tutorial. Addie really had a wonderful time making them, being able to do most of it herself.
St. Brigid, brilliant star of sanctity in the early days of Irish faith and love for the omnipotent God Who has never forsaken us, we look up to you now in earnest, hopeful prayer. By your glorious sacrifice of earthly riches, joys and affections obtain for us grace to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice" with constant trust in His fatherly care. By your life of laborious charity to the poor, the sick, the many seekers for light and comfort, obtain for us grace to be God's helpers to the utmost of our power during our stay on earth, looking forward, as you did, to our life with Him during eternity. By the sanctified peace of your death-bed, obtain for us that we may receive the fullness of pardon and peace when the hour comes that will summon us to the judgment seat of our just and most merciful Lord. Amen.