Mass Readings: Amos 9:11-15/Matthew 9:14-17

The Peacemaker

Elizabeth of Portugal (1271-1336) whose feast we celebrate today, was often called “The Peacemaker,” because of her ability to settle family disputes. She was married to King Denis of Portugal when she was only 12 years old. According to the Dictionary of Saints, Elizabeth was known for “her piety, charity, and concern for the poor.” She “founded convents, hospitals, foundling homes and shelters for wayward girls.” One can only stand in awe of such indefatigable sense of purpose and love of God.

Still quite young when her husband died, she wanted to become a nun. However, she gave in to others and became a Franciscan tertiary instead. Our reverence for such people is one of the greatest treasures of our Catholic tradition. The Church knows we have much to learn from people like St. Elizabeth.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for our cherished tradition of our saints.