July 23 – Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden

At age seven Bridget received a vision of being crowned by the Blessed Mother. At ten, her mother brought her to a mission at a nearby church, where the priest preached about the sufferings of Jesus. This made a deep impression on her. That night she suddenly woke up and saw Jesus crucified. When she asked who had done this to Him, He replied, “Those who hate Me and forget My love.” From that day on, she focused her prayers on the sufferings of Christ, a practice which often moved her to tears.

The holy and selfless lives of her parents and their intense prayer life created within Bridget a strong spiritual disposition. She desired to enter the convent, but her father wanted her to marry and chose for her a husband. Despite her initial unwillingness, Bridget’s spiritual director advised her to obey her father and marry. At age fourteen, the incredibly beautiful Bridget married the devout Ulf (“Wolf” in English), Prince of Nercia. Ulf was eighteen.

Excerpted from Fr. T. G. Morrow’s book Who’s Who in Heaven. For ordering information, visit our website.

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