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Thursday, November 17, 2005

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Today is the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary one of the two patrons, along with St. Louis, of the Third Order Regular.

St. Elizabeth is known for her great charity to the poor. She was Queen of Hungary. There is a great story about her relationship with her husband. It is said that she would spend many hours in the night praying in the castle which would get very cold. Her husband, the king, would often kneel behind her in prayer with his hands covering hers so as to keep them warm.

I think that it is very interesting that the patrons of our religious order were married. I think it speaks to how the holy lives of married men and women can indeed serve as great examples for religious in their own journey into holiness.

St. Elizabeth pray for us!


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