The feast day of St Birgitta of Sweden is on July 23rd. I was commissioned to work out a design for a guest house entry about two months ago. Here is how it looks as of today.
St Birgitta is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Bridget in a general audience on 27 October 2010, saying that the value of St. Bridget's Revelations, sometimes the object of doubt, was specified by the Blessed John Paul II in the letter Spes Aedificandi: "Yet there is no doubt that the Church," wrote my beloved predecessor, "which recognized Bridget's holiness without ever pronouncing on her individual revelations, has accepted the overall authenticity of her interior experience."
St Birgitta offers plenty of food for thought.
Upon reflection, one feature that comes to mind is how she preserved despite the nay-saying. She is a witness of fruit produced after a long life of striving alongside challenging deterrents and misunderstandings.
Hospitality is only one Christian virtue that she inspired (1 Peter 4:9). Guesthouses dedicated to St Birgitta offer a warm welcome as Birgitta was once a fellow earthly pilgrim. She completed both the Camino of Santiago and a pilgrimage to Jerusalem before settling in Rome.
Completed Icon. Prayer Cards available.
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