‘Sunset over a forest lake’ – Peder Mønsted, 1895 – Wikimedia
Birgitta was sitting by the window, considering once again the recent chain of events that led to her present day situation. Twenty years ago, she came on this small Danish island for the first time, to never leave again. Lolland! What a beautifully telling name! She loved the place immediately. It is called by some the ‘pancake island’, for it is the flattest place here in the kingdom of Denmark. Its highest point: twenty five meters! But the skies were tall and wide with majestic clouds and the land imbued with a quiet remoteness that she loved on first sight. She had often smiled and still smiles on at the incongruous nature of her new home. For she was born in the heart of the French Alps, the daughter of a mountainous landscape where peaks are soaring high above deep valleys.
Birgitta was a Catholic nun here, in a small monastery on the outskirts of the charming town of Maribo. Her actual name was Brigitte, but the sisters around her had quickly, and laughingly at first, re-baptised her Birgitta, which was the name of the fourteenth century Swedish saint and founder of their religious Order. She liked her new name for its Nordic and melodic quality. She had fit well here, in this quiet building amongst the trees, close to a little lake that she could see from her bedroom window. She came from a very religious family, and had always felt an attraction for all things spiritual. The trigger to espouse a religious life came rather abruptly, after her first dashed expectations in life. So she embarked on the preparatory journey, a few years of education in France and trips to the mother house in Rome.
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2 thoughts on “A Furnace of Love”
Alain,I also met two people in my life like Birgitta You need courage & conviction to do it. . I wanted to take a small child home from the institution for a short duration after mother’s demise as she was in a trauma One nun in charge of orphanage in Bombay had the guts to break the institutional rules & not the ten commandments of the lord.. She allowed me to take the child to give her personal attention I heard later that she left the nunnery& serving the lord in her spontaneous way. She was condemned for it after she got her ” silver ring” of commitment.
Another nun married & was a good wife & mother till her last breath. She died of cancer few years back
Thank you for your comment Prema! 🙏