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8. Bridget Bridget had a long marriage to a man named Ulf. They were together for 28 years and had eight children, one of whom, named Karin, is a saint herself! Bridget’s openness to welcoming more children into her family, and her efforts to educate them, are a great example of generosity of spirit. She traveled widely, and her life speaks of tolerance and compassion to the entire diversity of human experience. Nothing spectacular or particularly miraculous happened during her lifetime, but her dedication to raising and educating her children to love the goodness of the world and to be at peace with it were, in their own way, heroic. For this reason she is now the patron saint and mother of all Europe. Her best parenting tip: Teach your children to love life through your own happiness and joy.

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