Saint Of The Day – St. Lidwina Of Schiedam

Saint Of The Day – St. Lidwina Of Schiedam

Today’s Saint – St. Lidwina (Lydwine).

Born March 18, 1380
Schiedam, County of Holland,
Holy Roman Empire
Died April 14, 1433 (aged 53)
Schiedam, County of Holland,
Holy Roman Empire
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized cultus confirmed March 14, 1890 by Pope Leo XIII
Major shrine Schiedam, South Holland, Netherlands
Feast April 14
Patronage chronically ill, ice skaters, town of Schiedam

Lidwina was born at Schiedam, Holland, on April 18, 1380. Her father, Peter, came of a noble family while her mother Petronella, born in Kethel, Holland, was a country girl from a poor family. 

Very early in her life, St. Lidwina was drawn towards the Mother of God and prayed a great deal before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Schiedam. During the winter of the year of 1395, Lidwina went skating with her friends, one of whom caused her to fall upon some ice with such violence that she broke a rib in her right side. Her martyrdom starts here. No medical skill availed to cure her. Gangrene appeared in the wound caused by the fall and spread over her entire body. For years she lay in pain which seemed to increase steadily. Some looked on her with suspicion, as being under the influence of the evil spirit. 

Her pastor, Andries, brought her an unconsecrated host, but the saint distinguished it at once. But God rewarded her with a beautiful gift of prayer and also with visions. Numerous miracles took place at her bedside. The celebrated preacher and seer, Wermbold of Roskoop, visited her after previously beholding her in spirit. The pious Arnold of Schoonhoven treated her as a friend. Hendrik Mande wrote a pious consolation tract in Dutch. When Joannes Busch brought this to her, he asked her what she thought of Hendrik Mande’s visions, and she answered that they came from God. 

In a vision, she was shown a rose-bush with the words, “When this shall be in bloom, your suffering will be at an end.” In the spring of the year 1433, she exclaimed, “I see the rose-bush in full bloom!” From her fifteenth to her fifty-third year, she suffered every imaginable pain; she was one sore from head to foot and was greatly emaciated. On the morning of Easter-day, 1433, she was in deep contemplation and beheld, in a vision, Christ coming towards her to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. 

She died on April 14, 1433, and not long after, her grave became a place of pilgrimage, and the following year later (1434), a chapel was built over it. In 1615 her relics were conveyed to Brussels, but in 1871 they were returned to Schiedam. On March 14, 1890, Leo XIII put the official sanction of the Church upon that veneration which had existed for centuries.

St. Lidwina (Lydwine), Pray for us!

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