Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 23 July – St Bridget of Sweden

Saint of the Day – 23 July – St Bridget of Sweden – Widow, Religious, Mystic, Founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks- ( 1302 or 1303 at Finsta Castle, Uppsala, Sweden – 23 July 1373 at Rome, Italy of natural causes).  She was buried in 1374 at the Vadstena, Sweden convent she had founded.   St Bridget was Canonised on 7 October 1391 by Pope Boniface IX.   Patronage –  Europe, Sweden, widows.   Attributes – Religious habit, Pilgrim’s hat, staff & bag; crown, writing-book.   She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Sts Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.

bridget-of-sweden

The most celebrated Saint of Sweden was the daughter of Birger Persson, the Governor and Provincial Judge of Uppland and of Ingeborg Bengtsdotter, who was related to the royal family.   Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303.   From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the Passion of Jesus.

When she was only ten, it is recorded that she had a vision of Jesus on the cross and heard Him say, “Look at me, my daughter.”

“Who has treated you like this?” cried little Bridget.

Jesus answered, “Those who despise me and refuse my love for them.”  From that moment on, Bridget tried to stop people from offending Jesus.

When she was 14, Bridget married an 18-year old man named Ulf.   Like Bridget, Ulf had set his heart on serving God.   They had eight children, of whom one was St Catherine of Sweden.   Bridget and Ulf also served the Swedish court, Bridget as the Queen’s personal maid.   Bridget tried to help King Magnus and Queen Blanche lead better lives, however for the most part, they did not listen to her.

All her life, Bridget had marvellous visions and received special messages from God.   In obedience to them, she visited many rulers and important people in the Church.   She explained humbly what God expected of them.

After her husband died, Bridget put away her rich clothes and lived as a poor nun.   Later, in 1346, she began the order of the Most Holy Saviour, also known as Bridgettines.   She still kept up her own busy life, travelling about doing good everywhere she went.   And through all this activity, Jesus continued to reveal many secrets to her, which she received without the least bit of pride.

Shortly before she died, the saint went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   At the shrines there, she had visions of what Jesus had said and done in each place.

All St Bridget’s revelations on the sufferings of Jesus were published after her death.   Her Prayers continue to be a favourite devotion of Catholics all over the world and are published under the title the “Pieta Prayers.”

pieta

St. Bridget died in Rome on July 23, 1373.   She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Boniface IX in 1391.

bridget-swedensaint-bridgetst.bridget-15-prayers-3

Author:

Passionate Catholic. Being Catholic is a way of life - a love affair both with God and Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, our most Blessed and Beloved Virgin Mother Mary and the Church. "Religion must be like the air we breathe..."- St John Bosco With the Saints, we "serve the Lord with one consent and serve the Lord with one pure language, not indeed to draw them forth from their secure dwelling-places, not superstitiously to honour them, or wilfully to rely on the, ... but silently to contemplate them for edification, thereby encouraging our faith, enlivening our patience..." Blessed John Henry Newman Prayer is what the world needs combined with the example of our lives which testify to the Light of Christ. This site will mainly concentrate on Daily Prayers, Novenas and the Memorials and Feast Days of our friends in Heaven, the Saints who went before us and the great blessings the Church provides in our Catholic Monthly Devotions. "For the saints are sent to us by God as so many sermons. We do not use them, it is they who move us and lead us, to where we had not expected to go.” Charles Cardinal Journet (1891-1975) This is a papal fidelity site. Loyal and Obedient to the Current Pope and to the Magisterium United With Him.

One thought on “Saint of the Day – 23 July – St Bridget of Sweden

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s