Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Saint Bridget of Sweden -- Prophetess of Europe of the Middle Ages

Introduction :

Saint Bridget, daughter of Birgir -- Royal Blood Prince of Sweden was born about the year 1302 of highly pious parents.

Having lost her virtuous mother soon after birth, little Bridget was raised by one of her highly virtuous aunts.

She could not speak before the age of 3, but as soon as she spoke, she began praising God.

In early childhood, serious discourses on Religion pleased her and grace powerfully filled her heart so that only pious readings attracted her.

At the age of 10, she was particularly touched by a sermon she heard on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The following night she, believed that she saw Our Lord nailed to the Cross and all covered with Blood and Wounds.

At the same time, she heard a voice saying : "Look upon Me, My daughter."

"O Dear Lord asked Saint Bridget, "Who has treated You so cruelly ??

Our Lord Jesus Christ replied :"Those who despise Me and are insensitive to My Love for them."

That Mysterious dream left so deep an impression on her, that from then on she continually meditated on the sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ which drove her to tears.

At the age of 15, through obedience she was married to Prince Ulf -- a very pious young man and they had eight children. One of her daughters became Saint Catherine of Sweden.

Conclusion :

Saint Bridget's example more than her instructions sanctified her large family. Her "Revelations" and other celestial favors made her all the more fervent and humble.

Saint Bridget died at Rome in 1373 after having returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Saint Bridget practiced "Mental Prayer" and meditated often on the Life and Sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the Year.

Saint Bridget founded the Brigittines.

Saint Bridget of Sweden canonized on October 7, 1391 by Pope Boniface the Ninth is particularly popular in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, and Hungary.

The Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden is celebrated on July 23.

Credits and References :

1) The Magnificent Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden
    based on the Passion and Death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
   Page 6
  Taken from the Revelations of Saint Bridget
 Tan Books and Publishers Inc,
 P.O. Box 424
 Rockford, Illinois - 61105

2) Saint Bridget of Sweden
    By the Monks of Saint Joseph
   De Clairval Abbey, France
   Page 14
  Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
  July 2015 Vol - 17, N0-3

Note : The 15 prayers composed by Saint Bridget of Sweden on the Passion of Our Saviour Jesus Christ can move you to tears.

The 15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden.

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