Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.-- Revelation 2:17
Mass readings: Revelation 1:1-4;2:1-5 / Luke 18:35-43
Elizabeth of Hungary, who walked this earth for only 24 years, devoted her brief life to acts of charity, which flowed from her fierce love of God. A princess, she was sent from home in 1211 at the age of four to live with her future husband. When she was six her mother was murdered. Three years later, her intended husband died. At 14, she was married to his brother and by the age of 20 she was a mother of three and a widow.
Through all of the tumult and loss, Elizabeth maintained piety and purpose. She felt called to serve the poor and sick, often tending to their needs. In 1226 she built a hospital and regularly visited the patients. Elizabeth's short life radiated love.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to follow the loving example of your servant Elizabeth.