In Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), he enjoins us to embark on our Christian journey of holiness by embracing the ordinariness of everyday. Throughout his exhortation, Pope Francis calls out more than 40 saints who can assist us on our mission of Christian faith, and to teach us how to rejoice and be glad in all of life’s challenges, mysteries, and joys.

During the 34 weeks of Ordinary Time, we will introduce you to some of the saints mentioned in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation. #OrdinarySaints for #OrdinaryTime #HolyOrdinary

St. Bridget

Within these various forms, I would stress too that the “genius of woman” is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are essential means of reflecting God’s holiness in this world. Indeed, in times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints whose attractiveness produced new spiritual vigour and important reforms in the Church. Rejoice and Be Glad #12

St. Bridget of Sweden was a mystic, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks. She was born in 1303 and married to by the age of 14. Bridget had eight children, including, St. Catherine of Sweden.

From an early age Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. She was so impressed by these visions that the Passion of Christ became the center of her spiritual life. The revelations continued throughout her life.

In 1350 St. Bridget made a pilgrimage to Rome accompanied by her daughter Catherine. She remained in Rome and was beloved for her acts of kindness and good works. St. Bridget went to confession daily and always had a smile on her face. She was canonized in 1391.

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