Thursday, 14 April 2011

"A Lake of Beer" by Saint Brigid

Brigid of Ireland is a beer-loving saint. Her story reminds me to live in moderation, which doesn't mean that I cannot have fun, but instead I can, and I should, have fun. In fact, we should celebrate and honour the life God has generously given us. While there is plain blatant evil, many things in life---beer, for example, and money, fashion, dancing---are only sin when we indulge too much in them. Even love can be a sin if we are to revolve around a particular someone, forgetting God and His perfect love in the process.

Praise the Lord for this amazing woman.

I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.
I’d love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I’d give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer
To every man.

I’d make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I’d make the men contented for their own sake.
I’d like Jesus to love me too.

I’d like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around.
I’d give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.

I’d sit with the men, the women and God
There by the lake of beer.
We’d be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.

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