The beginning of Spring is marked by the feast of St. Brigid. The traditional Celtic feast at this time of the year was called Imbolc. It was a feast of the feminine and celebrated the first signs of the birth of new life from the earth after the winter darkness. The practice of making St. Brigid’s crosses from field rushes is an old Irish custom. It is a reminder that life is a blessing made from many strands of experience woven around a centre and reaching out from there in every direction. When the snowdrop, the first flower of Spring appears, new life and hope stirs in the heart of every person who sees it.