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ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN

Posted on Jul 23 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN

 

ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN was the daughter of Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Bridget’s family was pious; her father went to confession every Friday and made long and arduous pilgrimages as far away as the Holy Land.

Bridget’s mother died, leaving Bridget, ten years old, Katharine, nine and a newborn baby boy, Israel. The children were sent to their maternal aunt for further education and care. It seems that as a young child, Bridget had a dream-vision of The Man of Sorrows. This dream was very vivid. Bridget asked Him who had done that to Him. His answer: ‘All those who despise my love.’ The memory of this dream never left Bridget and may have even left an indelible mark on her subconscious. As was usual during the Middle Ages, Bridget was married when she was 13 years old to a young man, Ulf Gudmarsson with whom she had eight children, four daughters and four sons, all of them survived infancy, and that was very rare at that time.

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ST. BONAVENTURE ( The Seraphic Doctor )

Posted on Jul 16 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

ST. BONAVENTURE ( The Seraphic Doctor )

 

ST. BONAVENTURE, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi, when, in response to the pleading of his mother when he was a child, St. Francis prayed for his recovery from a dangerous illness, and, foreseeing the future greatness of the little child, cried out "O Buona ventura" – O good fortune!

At the age of twenty-two, St. Bonaventure entered the Franciscan Order. Having made his vows, he was sent to Paris to complete his studies under the celebrated doctor Alexander of Hales, an Englishman and a Franciscan. After the latter's death he continued his course under his successor, John of Rochelle.

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SAINT FRANCIS SOLANO

Posted on Jul 09 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

SAINT FRANCIS SOLANO

 

SAINT FRANCIS SOLANO
Feastday: July 13
Patron of Argentina; Bolivia; Chile; Paraguay; Perú
1549 – 1610

This saint was born at Montilla in Andalusia in 1549, did his studies in the school of the Jesuits, and in 1569, joined the Franciscan Observance at his birth place. He was duly professed and in 1576 ordained priest. Full of zeal and charity and an ardent desire for the salvation of souls, he divided his time between silent retirement and the ministry of preaching.

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ST. MARIA GORETTI

Posted on Jul 02 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

ST. MARIA GORETTI

 

ST. MARIA GORETTI was born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children.

In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather die than submit, Alexander began stabbing her with a knife.

As she lay in the hospital, she forgave Alexander before she died. Her death didn't end her forgiveness, however.

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Josemaría Escrivá

Posted on Jun 25 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

Josemaría Escrivá

 

Josemaría Escrivá was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902. He had one older sister, Carmen (1899-1957); three younger sisters who died very young; and a younger brother, Santiago (1919-1994). His parents, José and Dolores, brought up their children with a devout Catholic faith.

Josemaría’s father’s textile business failed in 1915, so the family relocated to Logroño, where José found other work. It was in Logroño that Josemaría sensed his vocation for the first time. After seeing some bare footprints left in the snow by a friar who had walked that way a short time earlier, he felt that God wanted something from him, though he did not know exactly what. He thought that he could more easily discover what it was if he became a priest, so he began to prepare for the priesthood, first in Logroño and later in Saragossa. Following his father’s advice, he also studied for a law degree at the University of Saragossa. His father died in 1924 and Josemaría was left as head of the family. Ordained on March 28, 1925, he began his ministry in a rural parish, and afterwards in Saragossa.