Saint Brigid and the King's Wolf

I have commissioned Daniel Mitsui to create a drawing based on this wonderful story from the life of St. Brigid, one of the Three Patrons of Ireland, and also my patroness.  Daniel also has a delightful blog, The Lion and the Cardinal.

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Once a rustic, seeing a wolf run about in proximity to the palace, killed it; not knowing that it was the tame creature of the king; and he brought the dead beast to the king, expecting a reward. Then the prince in anger ordered the man to be cast into prison and executed. Now when Bridget heard this, her spirit was stirred within her, and mounting her chariot, she drove to the court, to intercede for the life of the poor countryman. And on the way, there came a wolf over the bog racing towards her, and it leaped into the chariot, and allowed her to caress it.

Then, when she reached the palace, she went before the king, with the wolf at her side, and said, "Sire! I have brought thee a better wolf than that thou hast lost, spare therefore the life of the poor man who unwittingly slew thy beast." Then the king accepted her present with great joy, and ordered the prisoner to be released.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

5 thoughts on “Saint Brigid and the King's Wolf”

  1. In the dog days, or in this case wolf days, when news seems to be in short supply, I have been entertaining myself by browsing through old Anglocatholic posts, that wonderful archive which will be of the greatest possible value to scholars in the years ahead, writing their theses on the Ordinariate. One question that has arisen: What happened to Br Stephen Treat, O.Cist?

    1. Been trying to find that out myself. Really miss Bro. Stephen's insights. Pray that he is well, he just dropped out of sight without even a goodbye.

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