St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Today is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was canonized in 1975 by Pope Paul VI, the first American-born person to be raised to the altars.

Those who have benefited from a Catholic school education owe a great deal to her; and we all do, in a certain sense, due to the good that Catholic schools have done for the Church and society in the United States in general. You can read about her life in the Old Catholic Encyclopedia.

Here is a nice prayer that she used to say:

If I am right
Thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay.
If I am wrong
Oh, teach my heart
To find the better way.

Her grandson, Robert Seton, became a priest, and was later consecrated a bishop – here in Rome, in the chapel of the house that I live in, in 1903.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!

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