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Bridget was born into a royal family of Sweden in 1303. From her pious parents she learned a great love for the Passion of Christ, which she meditated on frequently.

At the age of thirteen she married Prince Ulfo and the couple gave birth to eight children. Their marriage was a strong one, culminating in their later years as a bond shared within a vow of chastity they offered to God. Their youngest child is honored as St. Catherine of Sweden.

After Bridget's husband died, she renounced her rank of Princess and founded an order of religious women, the Brigittines (now known as the Order of the Most Holy Saviour of St. Bridget). She lived a life of penance and charity, and died on July 23, 1373 of natural causes. Her feast day is July 23rd.

Bridget had spiritual visions throughout most of her life. During her later years, they became more frequent and definite. She saw Jesus and wrote down all He revealed to her. Her fifteen prayers are said to have been dictated to her by Christ Himself.

Bridget was canonized on October 7, 1391, by Pope Boniface IX. Her prayers fifteen prayers were popular during the Middle Ages, were again approved by Pope Pius IX in the last half of the 1800's, and were reaffirmed by Pope Benedict XV in the early 1900's. She is the patron saint of Sweden, and Pope John Paul II named her co-patronness of Europe in 2002.

(For more information on St. Bridget, go to Google and type in "St. Bridget of Sweden".)

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