ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY.
FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 17TH
ELIZABETH was daughter of a king of Hungary, and
niece of St. Hedwige. She was betrothed in infancy to
Louis, Landgrave of Thuringia, and brought up in his
father's court. Not content with receiving daily numbers of poor
in her palace, and relieving all in distress, she built several hospitals, where she served the sick, dressing the most repulsive sores
with her own hands. Once as she was carrying in the folds of
her mantle some provisions for the poor, she met her husband
returning from the chase. Astonished to see her bending under
the weight of her burden he opened the mantle which she kept
pressed against her, and found in it nothing but beautiful red and white roses,
although it was not the season for flowers. Bidding her pursue her way, he took
one of the marvellous roses, and kept it all his life. On her husband's death
she was cruelly
driven from her palace, and forced to wander through the streets with her little
children, a prey to hunger and cold; but she welcomed all her sufferings, and
continued to be the mother of the poor, converting many by her holy life. She
died in 1231; at the age of twenty-four.
REFLECTION.—This young and delicate princess made herself the servant and nurse of the poor. Let her example teach us to disregard the opinions of the world and to overcome our natural repugnances, in order to serve Christ in the persons of His poor.
(The above writing is from the book: PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS, compiled from "BUTLER'S LIVES" AND OTHER APPROVED SOURCES, BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1899.)
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