I'm glad you are here on my blog to travel through time with me. As we dig into the history of the church in ancient Ireland, we find the lessons learned by those centuries ago are still relevant to us today.
In the Irish countryside, Brigid of Kildare's influence still lingers, if you know where to look for it. I am looking for it at the ancient holy wells of rural Ireland—now dedicated to Brigid the Christian saint—but with origins that go back to Brigid the pagan goddess. Baptized in milk, straddling the two worlds of Christianity and the old feminine religion, Brigid—at least one account of her life attests—was ordained a bishop, a successor to the apostles of Christ and one of the most important leaders of the fledgling Irish church.
Brigid’s Cloak is a pilgrimage to her sacred springs–there are dozens of them scattered around Ireland—to tease out how the lived experience of ordinary women has been nurtured and shaped, down through the centuries, by the island’s ancient feminine spirituality. What lessons does Brigid have to offer a misogynistic church today for bringing church equality?