St Elizabeth of Aragon

Featured Saint: St Elizabeth of Aragon: (1271 – 1336)

St Elizabeth was born into Royalty at Zaragoza, Portugal. She was named after her great aunt, St Elizabeth of Hungry. At 10yrs, she was contracted to marry King Denis of Portugal; he was 26 and she was 17 when they actually married. They had two children.

St Elizabeth was enthusiastic in her faith; she partook in the sacraments, engaged in daily prayer (Divine Office) and made regular penances. When her husband died, she retired to a Poor Clare Monastery and joined the Order of St Francis. Her life then became even more devoted to helping the poor and those in need, as well as, retaining past royalty roles particularly her acts of peacemaker to quell feuds between Kings. Upon her return from one such successful mission, when two armies agreed not to fight, she fell ill and died. Many miracles were reported immediately followed her death.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

St Elizabeth of PortugalShort Quote: When John the Baptist’s followers asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast”, his logical answer was, wedding guests cannot mourn while in the presence of the bridegroom. “But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then they will fast”. (Matthew 9:14b, 15b)

The Bridegroom that he was symbolically referring to was himself.

Thoughts:  It’s not unusual to put ourselves first and compare our actions to how others behave!

“Why should I do that, when others don’t”!

Private Reflection: God our Father, help me to put others more wise than myself at the helm, and myself in humble support. May I be a pillar of love to everyone.

PrayersBreastplate (St Patrick’s)
I bind unto myself today,
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to harken to my need:
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Today’s Music Suggestion: On Eagles Wings

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

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(4th July ~ Matthew 9:14-17)