Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Sweden's most famous saint
I was yesterday in an area of Sweden some 50km north of Stockholm on event where we drove rally cars and shot clay pigeons. Although it was a lot of fun, it was something else that actually caught my fantasy. Something completely different. The venue we were at was next to a small village called Finsta. And it was in Finsta that Sweden's most famous saint - Saint Brigitte or the Holy Birgitta was born.
I became so interested in this fact that I did some research into who this woman actually was. Born in Finsta in 1303, Birgitta Birgersdotter bore 8 children and, after her husband's death, dedicated herself fully to religion.
She had visions, her earliest visions being of the virgin Mary placing a crown on her head and of Jesus dying on the cross. Birgitta started a religious order with its main base in Vadstena and eventually moved to Rome where she died in 1373. She was canonised in 1391 for her good works.
And today, The Holy Birgitta is one of the six patron saints of Europe intended to protect the european land mass.
I wonder what she would think of loud rally cars violently tearing up the earth not far from her place of birth?