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Saint of the day: Saint Bridget of Sweden

Bridget was born of a Swedish royal family in the year 1304. In obedience to her father, she married Prince Ulpho of Sweden and became the mother of eight children, one of whom is honoured as a saint. Her daughter was St Catherine.

In order to live an even holier lives, she and her husband agreed to separate. He entered Cistercian Order and Bridget founded the Order of St Saviour or the Bridgittines. She later made a pilgrimage to Rome and Palestine because she had a great love for the Passion of Christ. She encouraged the nuns in her convent to practice same devotion.

Bridget was patient in bearing the suffering of her illness for the love of Jesus on the Cross. Her son and daughter, Catherine, were with her in her last moments. She died in Rome in the year 1373.

St Bridget teaches us to love Jesus Crucified. Thinking of His Passion and death will help us understand better, the love of God for us and the evil of mortal sin. Amen

St Bridget, pray for us. Amen. Happy feast day to all Bridget.

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