Jan 042012

January 4 is the eleventh day of Christmastide

Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Filicchi Portrait of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, dated 1804, artist unknown.

Elizabeth Ann Seton lived and died in New York City between August 28, 1774 and January 4, 1821. She was raised and married within as an Episcopal.Her husband came from a wealthy family but that did not stop Elizabeth from worked to help the poor even while raising her five children. After her husband died, she joined the Catholic Church.

With the help of her children along with several other New England Catholics, she established Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

She canonized by the Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975 as the first native-born American saint of European descent.


Eleven Pipers Piping

Today’s gifts are Eleven Pipers Piping representing the eleven faithful Disciples.

Today’s Readings

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious (Lectionary: 207)

“Almsgiving proceeds from a merciful heart and is more useful for the one who practices it than for the one who receives it, for the man who makes a practice of almsgiving draws out a spiritual profit from his acts, whilst those who receive his alms receive only a temporal benefit.” ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas