St. Catherine of Sweden
S. CATHERINE OF SWEDEN
Daughter of S. Bridget, she was born about 1331, the sixth of eight children. She married, when she was sixteen, a young gentleman, very pious, too: both pledged themselves to live in virginity.
In 1350 the saint went to Rome with a group of pilgrims to celebrate the jubilee; she remained there to share the life of her mother in Piazza Farnese House, particularly since she was reached by the death of her husband in Sweden, that took place on Holy Thursday of that year. So she lived in the assiduity of prayer, in the practice of the most austere penance, cultivating the virtues heroically; she participated with her mother in the pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
After the death of her mother, she accompanied the relics that were reported in Vadstena; here she came a nun in the bridgettine monastery, of which was the first abbess. He returned to Rome to obtain the approval of the Rule of the Order of SS. Savior and to participate in the process of canonization of her mother: in this occasion she showed herself "a true daughter of St. Bridget, "as she had to call the Pope for her eloquence.
She returned to Vadstena, now exhausted and sick: she died there on March 24, 1381; the remains, buried in the church of monastery, became objects of veneration for many visitors.
Prayer to St. CATHERINE
O God, who especially adornet the blessed Catherine with
the virtues of humility, charity and angelic purity, humility
We beseech thee, through the merits and example of her, make us so firm in the faith and ardent in the charity, to obtain eternal rewards. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
S. Catherine, lily of purity, pray for us.
S. Catherine, model of humility, pray for us.
S. Catherine, admirable in your love for Jesus and Mary,
Pray for us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.
(Prayer composed by Blessed Mother Elizabeth M. Hesselblad and approved by the Sacred Congregation for Indulgences July 5, 1905).