Photo was taken at Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), West Cork (Irl)

Today is St Brigid’s Day. There were lots of workshops in our school yesterday on how to make a St Brigid’s Cross. There was lots of energy, fun, laughter and lovely memories made in making these crosses. All the young people agreed that it was lovely to do something completely different and that it was so different from the world of smartphones and social media.

Thought on Thursday – February – 01/02/2018

Thought For The Week

“When we activate our energy for life, it is like the acorn mobilising itself towards the oak, the mustard seed towards the mighty tree, the dancer towards the dance, the clay towards the hand of the potter. Our sleeping souls uncurl and turn towards the light as every part of our being and even our immune system, is enlivened.” ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Today is Feb 1st and we celebrate St Brigid’s Day. In the Celtic tradition it is the official start of spring and meteorologically it starts on March 1st. Already we are aware of increasing light each day. Back in December 21st – the shortest day of the year – we had 7 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. On February 1st we have 9 hours and 6 minutes of daylight in the south of Ireland. That is a significant increase.

St Brigid is famous for her ‘St Brigid’s Cross’. Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything.

In her new book called ‘Surprised By Fire’, Martina Lehane Sheehan talks beautifully about the divine spark that is within each person. It connects in so well with the feast day of St. Brigid. This divine spark can fuel our own happiness and can brighten the lives of those around us. Martina says that once we embark on the journey of finding our flame, life can no longer be seen as a mere haphazard or random string of lucky or unlucky events.

Because of the divine spark, within each person great things can begin to happen or unfold. The divine spark can lie dormant or it can be really active. St Brigid’s Day invites us to let it become alive, to let it energise and give us hope. Allow your sleeping soul to uncurl and turn towards the light. When we allow this to happen we are indeed in a very good place.