Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Catherine of Sweden, Feast Day March 22




St. Catherine of Sweden
St. Catherine of Sweden

The feast day of St. Catherine of Sweden is celebrated on March 22.

St. Catherine was born in 1331 in Sweden to St. Brigid and Ulfo. At the age of thirteen she was married to Egad, a German nobleman. Catherine convinced him to take a mutual vow of chastity with her. They dedicated themselves to serving God and to a life of prayer.
After Catherine’s father died in 1349 Catherine traveled with her mother to Rome. Shortly after arriving there she learned of the death of her husband. St. Catherine and St. Brigid stayed in Rome for several years making pilgrimages to various holy places. St. Catherine refused to marry again. After several years, her mother also died. St. Catherine brought the body of her mother back to Sweden. She promoted the cause for her canonization and the approval of the Rule her mother had written for a group of religious women. Catherine became the Abbess of the Convent of Wadstena.

 

 

St. Catherine  was known for daily participation in the Sacrament of Confession to purify her soul. St. Catherine wrote a book titled Consolation of a Soul.
Pope Innocent VIII assigned her the feast day of March 22. She was canonized by Pope Pius II in 1484.

 

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.
Let the truth be your delight…proclaim it…but with a certain congeniality.

 

Quote of St. Catherine of Sweden

 

March is the Month of St. Joseph

 

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