Birgitta of Sweden and the Divine Mysteries of Motherhood
Feminist Forum, 24, no. 1 (1997)
St. Birgitta of Sweden is most widely known as the founder of her order Regula Sanctissimi Saluatoris and as the “author” of the Revelaciones S. Birgittae, the collection of her 700 revelations. Born in 1303 to one of the most politically influential families in Sweden, Birgitta rose to prominence in Swedish aristocratic circles and earned substantial education in theology, history, law and languages. After thirty years of marriage and privileged life and a religious transformation after her husband’s death, she began to follow “full-time” her special call as Christ’s bride and “mouthpiece,” a path that would lead her to leave her considerable possessions and travel to Rome as a poor pilgrim.