Feast of St. Bridget

Today is the Feast of St. Bridget, also known as St. Brigitta. St. Bridget was a wife and mother of eight. She was the mother of St. Catherine of Sweden and some of her children completely ignored the church. After her husband’s death, she founded the Order of the Most Holy Savior, also known as the Brigettines. She founded hospices for pilgrims, poor and the sick.

We are still in the week of feasts of homemaking. Many times I have heard moms wish they had more time to pray. if only they were in a convent and had all day to pray. But, our vocation is to be wives to our husbands and mothers to our children. Sometimes the only prayer we have in us is the work of the day.

St. Bridget was married as many young noblewomen of her time were, in arranged marriages. She was obedient to her marriage vows. Only when her husband had died, and presumably her children were all grown, when she was 46 did she found an order of nuns. She was able to focus on things besides her husband, children and home.

While the grass may look greener inside the convent walls, we wives are called to live in the world.  We have to figure out how to pray while in our situations.  When I was in the midst of being a mommy with little “Littles” (when daughter #3 was 5, I had kids who were 15, 11, 5, 4, 2 and newborn) and it was all I could do to say, “Stay by my side Lord,” when my feet hit the ground in the morning.   Now that they are older, there is more time for prayer.  That is a good thing because with my four Littles at the ages of 13, 12, 10 and 8, they ask more complicated questions now.  I need the grace to answer these questions with good answers.

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