St. Elizabeth of Hungary (died in 1231)
St Elizabeth of Hungary
The nobility of the heart
Engaged at the age of 4, married at 14, and widowed at 20, Elizabeth, the daughter of a king, died at 24, worn out by a life entirely dedicated to the poor. Her heart was prompt to serve, her love a burning fire! She loved her husband, and yet gave herself totally to the Sovereign of her soul. 'I cannot wear my golden crown when God has a crown of thorns' she replied to the Queen Mother who criticized her when the young queen entered a church to lay her royal crown at the foot of Jesus' cross. As a widow, she renounced the world, dedicated her life and property to the destitute and founded a hospital. Her life on earth was short and she was soon ready for the life of Eternal Love.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6