Jul 23, About Today for Friday of the 16th week of Ordinary Time

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July 23

Saint Bridget, Religious

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St. Bridget was born in 1303 in Uppland, Sweden. Her father was a knight, one of the wealthiest landowners in the region, and her mother was related to Swedish kings. Her education focused on religious piety and noble duties and at age 14, St. Bridget married Ulf Gudmarsson. They had 8 children, including the future St. Catherine of Sweden. St. Bridget’s wealth allowed her to be extremely generous. After her husband’s death, she formed the Order of the Most Holy Savior. She experienced many visions, which she wrote down and asked clerics to translate into Latin. They were widely read. To get her Order canonically approved, she traveled to Rome where she supported a return of the papacy from Avignon to Rome. St. Bridget was canonized in 1391 by Boniface IX and is patron saint of Sweden. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St Bridget of Sweden.”
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