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St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Thuringia) – Patroness of the SDR

St. Elizabeth was born in 1207, either in Sárospatak (East of Hungary) or in Bratislava, where she lived her early four years. She was a daughter of rich and powerful King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Bavaria. As a political decision, when she was a year old, she became betrothed to Lois IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, who, also, was at that time still child. However, the little fiancée lived until the fourth year of age at her parental royal court. Then she was brought to the court of the rulers of Thuringia, to the Castle Wartburg, in Germany. There, she grew up with her fiancé. At the age of fourteen, Elizabeth married Louis. The marriage appears to have been happy. Elizabeth, often, getting up at night for prayer and contemplation the mysteries of faith. Her prayer was intense, confidential, and constant. She was always aware of God’s presence, the source of strength and joy, which she brought to the service of the poor.
In 1227, her husband died from the pest, on route to join the Crusade. Following her beloved husband’s death, she was driven from the Castle Wartburg with her three children. She had to seek refuge. Elizabeth worked where she was admitted. She helped the poor, spinning wool and sewed. On Good Friday in 1229, she joined the Third Order of St. Francis and received religious robe. She gave up her will and all the vanities of the world.
Elizabeth built a hospice for the poor and sick, to whom she devoted the last three years of her life. She always tried to carry out the most humble service and degrading job.

Elizabeth practiced the Works of Mercy:
- She refused to live in poor possessions, unjustly, withdrawn,
- She lived on alms and went begging, voluntarily opted, for poverty,
- Even as a princess, she had been living on the work of her own hands,
- She was allowed to come to the castle yard to the cripple, the sick and the poor, and gave food and drink to those who knocked at her door,
- She, along with her maids, brought food to the poor,
- She procured clothing for the poor,
- She bathed and washed the sick and lepers,
- She founded three hospitals where she served the sick,
- She was vigilant to the dying,
- She founded shelters for poor children and orphans,
- She had compassion for the suffering,
- She lived a penitential life, in constant self-denial and sacrifice for others.

St. Elizabeth consecrated her life, entirely, to God and showed mercy to the poor because of the image of God in them.
In November, 1231, she became seriously ill and after several days she died on November 17. The reputation of her sanctity spread quickly and there were many testimonies. After four years of her death she was canonized by Pope Gregory IX.
St. Elizabeth is the patron saint of beggars, widows and orphans, the sick, persecuted, the poor, bakers and charitable organizations.

St. Elizabeth, as well as our Foundress, Ven. Mother Alphonse Marie, whose baptismal name was Elizabeth also, had a common feature. There is immense love for the poor, the sick and the most needy. Both have seen Christ in those who suffer. By doing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy they tried to alleviate this misery. Doing so, they were incited by love for Christ, which has been consolidating and nurtured by constant prayer.
After independence of our branches in Hungary St. Elizabeth became the Patroness of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer.

St. Elizabeth, pray for us
and grant for us the spirit of poverty and charity.

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