November 17, 2023
St. Elizabeth was born in 1207, the daughter of King Alexander II of Hungary. At the age of 4 she was despatched for schooling to the courtroom of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose toddler son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety additionally elevated by leaps and bounds. In 1221, she married Louis of Thuringia, and regardless of her place at courtroom started to guide an austerely easy life, working towards penance and devoting herself to works of charity.
Her husband — himself a lot inclined to faith — esteemed her advantage extremely and inspired her in her exemplary life. They had had three kids collectively when tragedy struck: Louis was killed whereas combating with the crusaders. After his loss of life, Elizabeth left the courtroom, made preparations for the care of her kids, and in 1228, renounced the world and have become a tertiary of St. Francis. She constructed the Franciscan hospital at Marburg and devoted herself to the care of the sick till her loss of life on the age of 24 in 1231.
St. Elizabeth is the patron saint of bakers, countesses, the loss of life of kids, the falsely accused, the homeless, nursing providers, tertiaries, widows, and younger brides. Her symbols are alms, flowers, bread, the poor, and a pitcher.
After leaving courtroom, Elizabeth lived in distinctive poverty and humility. Soon after her loss of life, miracles had been reported at her tomb. She was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1235.
From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day
I declare earlier than God that I’ve seldom seen a extra contemplative girl. When she was coming from personal prayer, some spiritual women and men typically noticed her face shining marvelously and light-weight coming from her eyes just like the rays of the solar.
— From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, non secular director of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
And all of us, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being become his likeness from one degree of glory to a different; for this comes from the Lord who’s the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). How does this passage clarify the phenomena associated on this citation about St. Elizabeth? How does this encourage me?
St. Elizabeth, you had been ready to surrender a lifetime of honor and wealth and dwell merely. Pray for us, that we’ll not be certain to the fabric issues of this life, however at all times dwell our lives dedicated to God. Amen.
Other Saints We Remember Today
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (“The Wonder-Worker”) (270), Bishop
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