Nov 17 - “St. Elizabeth of Hungary” © artwork by Brenda Nippert. Happy Feast Day St. Elizabeth!
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Elizabeth was a Hungarian princess married at the age of thirteen. She spun wool and baked bread for the poor every day. She had a hospital built at the foot of the castle and went there every day to care for the sick herself. Though she was only 24 when she died, she lived a very full life. She was happily married, had four children, fulfilled her duties at court, lost her husband in the Crusades, fought the politics of the day in his absence and still had time to help the poor and sick with her own hands.
The famous legend goes that some thought she was squandering the castle’s treasures on the poor (she was known to give away royal garments and ornaments at times). One day on her way out with bread in her cloak for the poor, she was stopped and asked to reveal her load. When she opened her cloak, not bread but roses spilled out, getting her off the hook. Her astounding mercy and kindness is still world famous 800 years later and she did it all in 24 years.
Her feast day is November 17.