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ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY: SERVING GOD IN SACKCLOTH

13 Nov
ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY: SERVING GOD IN SACKCLOTH

Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. (Mt25:40b,c)

ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, WIDOW – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 17

Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, King of Hungary, began to know the fear of God from her infancy. As she advanced in years, she advanced in holiness also. She was was married to Ludwig, Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia, yet devoted herself to the service of God no less than to that of her husband.

She was assiduous in prayer and dedicated to works of mercy

She was assiduous in prayer and dedicated to works of mercy, zealously serving widows, orphans, the sick and the poor, and constructing a hospital for their care. On the death of her husband, the better to serve God, she clothed herself in coarse garments and entered the Order of Penitents of St Francis, where she was conspicuous for her patience and humility.

She bore the insults not merely with undaunted courage

Now, despoiled of all her possessions, ejected from her home, forsaken by all, she bore insults, mockery, and disparagements not merely with undaunted courage, but with great joy that she might suffer something for God. When, finally, she had spent her life most piously in holy works, she fell asleep in the Lord. Famous for miracles, Gregory IX added her to the number of the saints.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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