Saint Lidwina of Schiedam
About Saint Lidwina of Schiedam
Saint Lidwina was born on April 18, 1380 in Schiedam, Holland. Her father was a wealthy noble in Holland named Peter, and her mother was from a poor family who worked their own farm. Her father's family lost their fortune though, so St. Lidwina of Schiedam was brought up living with the bare essentials needed to get by.
Saint Lidwina was always very into praying even as a young child. She prayed often to Mary. Lidwina was injured ice skating in her childhood. She broke her ribs and her wound became infected badly. Lidwina suffered greatly for years to follow her injury, since she could not obtain medical attention for her wound.
During this time, her local priest brought her the Eucharist. God knew Lidwina was a faithful Christian and he heard her prayers often. Lidwina began seeing visions several times a day. Miracles would often take place near her bed where she prayed and spent most of her time.
Lidwina's suffering would not cease though, she continued to be in great pain all the time. Lidwina was always in prayer through her suffering though, and still saw visions telling her that her pain would one day end and she would be rewarded for all her suffering.
On Easter Sunday in 1433 Lidwina saw a vision of Jesus coming to her. Jesus gave her the Eucharist in her vision. When she came to her senses, she realized that she was no longer in pain. However she passed away shortly after having her suffering ended by Christ.
Her death took place on April 14, 1433. After her death, her place of burial was visited often by people on pilgrimages. Pope Leo XIII confirmed her canonization as a saint in 1890, and her feast takes place on April 14th each year.