On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:13 AM, lenore fischer
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> liked it all myself, but the elderly farmers in the audience were much taken
> aback, and in the question time afterwards one weatherbeaten individual
> asked sadly, was this really it? was their Bridget really not a saint at
> all? I'll never forget the beauty of Daithi's answer. He said he
> remembered growing up with St. Bridget's Day, and what a special day it was,
> and how they all looked forward to it, and how they loved her, and what does
> it matter, he said, whether we call her a Christian saint or a pagan
> bear-goddess, she still Bridget, and that's whom we love.
> By contrast, I was assured at that Medieval Association of the Pacific
> conference that the very notion of St. Bridget being in any way related to
> pagan cults is perfectly ridiculous, and that no reputable historian now
> would harbour such a notion for an instant.
> Okay, this time I'll really shut up, I promise. Until tomorrow,
It's important to knowledge not to forget that it also has spirit, The
comforting thought to me is that butterflies are one's soul and that
butterflies have been around far longer than Nativists and
Christianists (though the term Anti-nativists is more general). The
best summation of how this all works if one has heart is in the reply
of a young soldier in the Irish Brigade of the French Army when he was
asked about his beliefs. He replied that he believed in Jesus Christ
and the Tuatha Dé Danann.