Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 4: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Paul Catholic Church
Westerville, Ohio
Photo by Nheyob

History

Elizabeth grew up in a popular, rich family and had every advantage, but she preferred to read more than anything. She married a rich young man, and they had several wonderful years together until the hard times came. First, her husband’s father died, leaving them in charge of seven little brothers and sisters and a business that failed. Then her husband became sick and died. Elizabeth found help in the Catholic Church. Through the Holy Eucharist and the knowledge that the Blessed Mother was her mother, two, Elizabeth grew in faith and confidence. She started the first free Catholic school in the U.S. and a religious order. Elizabeth became the first U.S. saint ever canonized by the Church.

Activity

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton found comfort and joy in the Holy Eucharist, even before she was confirmed Catholic and could receive. Today, pay a visit to your parish to pray before the tabernacle for a little while. (If a nearby parish or chapel is offering Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – meaning the Eucharist is on display in a monstrance, that would be even better.) While you are praying, ask God to give you the same love for the Eucharist that Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton had.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!

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