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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on charity

setonToday is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), the first American-born person to be canonized. She was a 30-year widow and when she converted to Catholicism from the Episcopal faith. A mother of five children, she founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809. She also founded America’s first Catholic girls school.

She’s the patron saint of Catholic schools, and the patron by name of Seton High School (above) in Cincinnati’s Price Hill neighborhood.

SetonHere’s some of what she had to say about the virtue of charity:

• “Faith lifts the soul, hope supports it, experience says it must, and love says let it be.”

• “The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not despair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to Him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.”

• “Our adored gave us a heart to love each other without restraints, calculations or fears of saying too much or too little.”

St. Elizabeth Seton, pray for us to be more charitable and for our charity to be more fruitful!


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