Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas

Monica on January 4th, 2016 | 13 comments

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas!

My True Love gave to me ~ Eleven Pipers Piping!

The eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful and loyal Apostles (minus Judas who betrayed Jesus).

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Patroness of widows, orphans, and those with in-law problems. She is also patroness of those who support the authority of the Catholic Church.

Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Josephs’, the first new community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, the first free Catholic School for girls staffed by Sisters in the US. Her legacy now includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers and hospitals throughout America and around the world. She was canonized on September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI.

The remarkable life of Elizabeth Ann Seton spans the full spectrum of human experience. She was a New York socialite, a devoted wife, the mother of five children, a dedicated volunteer in charitable organizations, a convert to Roman Catholicism, an educator, friend of the poor, catechist. She was a tireless servant of God. Her story is one in which you would find much inspiration.

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas
We love you!

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13 thoughts on “Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas

  1. St. Elizabeth from the very beginning is a strong witness of the Holy Spirit working in the human heart, and Mother Seton is no exception to this rule. I first heard of her through a movie docudrama on television timed to air around her canonization in 1975. I found the characterization inspiring and in keeping with my pKingdomfor the education of the down trodden and marginalized. Yes, we are still around to remind you that the gospel is true and not the world what it is. I’m a convert also and each year I get to be inundated by tears of joy as I recall our first encounter as sisters following after Jesus with a food truck but we feed on alphabet at a time and added one plus one means that Jesus is in our midst. So, let us pray:
    I in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
    You have visited the house of Cornelius to grant us our hearts desire, Baptism into the Body of Christ and with the powerful arsenal of prayer available to us we are able to lay down our protests and surrender ourselves to the your Kingdom which has come, and your will which is done by benign souls such as Mother Seton and obedient souls like Cornelius could beat his sword into plow shares. Enjoy your year of peace. Thanks Be to God. We love you, bye bye.

  2. I am grateful to Mother Seton for her work in the establishment of the Catholic school system in the USA. I attended 8 years of Catholic education during which my grounding in the Faith was established. Thank you Mother Seton.

  3. Introductory description as patroness is written in a confusing manner. “.Patron of in-law problems, against death of children, widows, death of parents, and opposition to church authority.”

    Do you mean “Patroness of widows, orphans, and those with in-law problems. She is also patroness of those who support the authority of the Catholic Church.

    The former sounds like a patroness against widows, for opposition to church… just a thought

  4. Her work done in suffering has yielded much fruit to bless humanity and the Church. May we all persevere in service to Christ and His Body as St Elizabeth did. Mother Seton, pray for us!

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