Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Vignettes from the Lives of the Irish Saints: Saint Brigid and the Dumb Child

A good mother once brought her child to see the Saint. The girl was about twelve years of age, but she had been born dumb. St. Brigit was not aware of her infirmity, and began to speak to the child, and caress her, asking if she intended to be a nun. The little girl did not reply, and the mother told the Saint why she could not do so. But the holy wonderworker said she could not let go the child's hand until she received an answer; and on her asking the question a second time, the child replied, " I desire to do whatever you wish." The girl thus miraculously cured remained with the Saint until her death.

M. F. Cusack, The Lives of Saint Columba and Saint Brigit (Dublin and London, 1877), 214-5.

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