MEMORIAL: JULY 23
St. Bridget of Sweden was born in the 14th century. She started having spiritual visions at a very young age and continued to have them throughout her life. Bridget married young and ended up having eight children. One of her children became a canonized saint (St. Catherine of Sweden). Bridget worked in the court of the King as an educator. After her husband’s death, she lived an austere life and formed her own community which became known as the Bridgetines.
St. Bridget had a vision that told her to go to France to urge the Pope to return to Rome. Because St. Bridget was unsuccessful as well as on many other endeavors, she is sometimes known as the Patroness of Failures. St. Bridget was canonized only 20 years after her death and is one of the Patronesses of Europe.