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5.0 out of 5 stars Pot O' Gold, January 26, 2010
This review is from: Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland (Hardcover)
Leprechauns! Rainbows arching to pots of gold! Ireland has always been a land of mystery and wonder. Now explore Irish legends of the saints with Cindy Thomson. St. Brigid, St. Patrick, St. Columcille--Thomson follows the slender golden thread of truth woven among the legends: that true wisdom comes from God alone through Jesus Christ, and He alone is worthy of our praise.

One very interesting legend about St. Patrick is that he used the shamrock to illustrate the Trinity. "One plant, three leaves; one God, three persons." This is a wonderful concept that we can easily share today, whether it was first used by St. Patrick or some unknown person.

I found food for thought in a legend about St. Kevin (Coemhghein in Irish). St. Kevin's foster son was ill and asked for an apple, though there were no nearby apple trees. Legend has it that Kevin blessed a willow tree and then found some apples. His foster son ate one and recovered. I wondered whether C. S. Lewis had grown up hearing this particular legend of the British Isles. Perhaps St. Kevin's story inspired The Magician's Nephew, where Aslan gives Digory an apple to make his ill mother well again.

If you want to learn the lore of Ireland, you can't do better than this beautifully illustrated book by the author of Brigid of Ireland: A Historical Novel
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