Santa Brigida a Farfa - St. Bridget in Farfa
History of the passage of S. Bridget in Farfa
At the Benedictine monastery of Farfa, in the summer of 1350, Bridget walked in his footsteps. She probably followed the same path of the pious Thomas of Maurienne: Via Salaria and then the first step of the Quattro Venti. But she had no need of asking the way. The imposing tower of the abbey was visible from afar. In Rome, Bridget had heard the voice of Christ: "Go to Farfa, one room is ready for you! '. She arrived there with master Petrus Olai and others who used to accompany her, and had herself proclaimed. Believed to be room for herself and the others in the guesthouse of the monastery. But was thrown out. The abbot Arnold sent her to say: "We don’t use to let women stay in the monastery. But if you want to sleep in the closet, you can stay." A storage room located in a building outside, where the porter kept his tools here is the room that had been prepared! "Just so, Christ said while she was praying, first you have lived in luxury homes and lavish mansions, now you have to experience what my saints have endured in their caves."
Bridget accepted the lesson and remained in the primitive hut (Extrav. 97). In memory of this unsuccessful trip, we have some beautiful revelations of St. Benedict and his work (III: 20-21).
At the same time that Bridget was at Farfa, arrived in Rome as a pilgrim her eighteen years old daughter Katarina. A few weeks later, as the daughter wanted to return to Sweden, Bridget was warned in a vision to advise to stay temporarily in Rome. In fact her husband was ill (Katarina was married to van Eggard Kyren with white marriage), and Christ announced that the disease meant that he would die. The next time he lifted Katarina the question of her return home, Bridget replied with the words of Christ: "Tell this girl, your daughter, that now she is a widow. And I decided that she should stay with you, since I personally take care of her "(VI: 118).