Patron Saint of Sailors, Mariners, Navigators, Whales, Travelers, and Older Adventurers
Feast Day: May 16
The symbolic imagery: Brendan and his monks look to the setting sun (west) from a safe harbor where a friendly dog is running to greet them. The main image is surrounded by an ancient map with a "wind-faced" compass blowing toward "Terra Repromissionis" and a mermaid. A whale holds a scroll with "Navigato Brendani" written on it. Celtic knots and a bird complete the outer border.
One of my primary inspirations for Brendan was my husband, Randal Peart, who single-handedly crossed the Atlantic twice, in a 24-ft sailboat. (You can read about the travels here: Travels with Eos.) That was over 35 years ago, and he still looks at every day as an adventure (as soon as he finishes breakfast). -pb