Thursday 5 February 2015

Saint Brigid and the Uncharitable Woman

Vignettes from the Lives of the Irish Saints: Saint Brigid and the Uncharitable Woman

The Saint could not bear to see any want of charity in others. Once when a woman came to her with a present of apples, some lepers came at the same time asking for an alms. St. Brigit told the woman to divide the fruit amongst them, but she replied that she had brought the present for the nuns, and not for the lepers. The Saint was seriously displeased at her want of charity, and told her that her trees should  never bear fruit after this.

M. F. Cusack, The Lives of Saint Columba and Saint Brigit (Dublin and London, 1877), 217-8.

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