Saint Brigid, Patroness of Babies, Scholars, and Travelers
This well-rounded young woman, daughter of a pagan king, founded missionary convents all over Ireland in the fifth century; Saint Patrick apparantly confirmed her final vows with a formula used for priests. Oops-
I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity.
- St. Brigid.