Saturday, August 16, 2008

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

The Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)

"St. Elizabeth is one of my many patron saints whose name for me is synonymous with the word and virtue of charity. Today she is best remembered for her charitable works, especially for the establishment of hospitals. Today, dozens of hospitals and medical centers are named for her, several of them founded by the Sisters of St. Francis. Elizabeth lived at a time when the combined disasters of climate, war, pestilence, and poverty caused great suffering, and she became devoted to helping those who had nowhere to turn..."


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