With hearts full of confidence, we turn to you, O Blessed Bridget, in these times of darkness and unbelief, to invoke your powerful intercession on behalf of those who are separated from the true Church of Jesus Christ. Conscious of your deep knowledge of the cruel sufferings of our crucified Saviour, we beseech you to obtain the gift of Faith for all those who are outside the one fold, so that all the scattered sheep may be return to the one true Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
St. Bridget lived in the early 1300s, during a time when the Church was going through difficult times with corruption inside the Church. Throughout her life, St. Bridget had visions: visions of the nativity, visions of purgatory, visions of the Passion of Christ. At age 13, St. Bridget was married. Her and her husband had eight children, all of whom lived to adulthood, and one of whom became St. Catherine of Vadstena. After her husband's death, she committed herself wholly to religion and founded the Bridgettine Order. She went to Rome to gain permission from the Pope for her order as well as to uplift the people during this morally-corrupt era. While there she continued to have visions, one of which was outside the walls of the Basilica of St. Paul, in front of the crucifix. The Lord spoke to her, telling her how many wounds he suffered (5,480) and that if she were to pray fifteen Our Fathers, fifteen Hail Marys, along with fifteen prayers He gave her, then she will have honored each of His wounds. To see all the prayers check out this link. St. Bridget also went on many pilgrimages during her lifetime. We celebrate her feast day on July 23.
Because of illness and vacations, our original date to celebrate St. Bridget's feast day was delayed but today she is delayed no longer! We talked a little bit about her life and made up holy cards. Then the kids went on a little "Jesus Loves Me" pilgrimage (a walk through the woods). I had hidden "Jesus Loves Me" cards along the path as well as some shells for the kids to collect. The kids were extremely excited and were dashing here and there. I'm not sure how much of the "Jesus Loves Me" message was conveyed but they sure weren't lacking enthusiasm! After, we took our shells and made necklaces out of them using yarn and pony beads. Shells are sometimes depicted in pictures of St. Bridget as a sign of her pilgrimages. All in all, a fun morning.
St. Bridget, pray for us!