Warm Southern Breeze

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Work With What You Have

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 4, 2018

And you thought you were busy? Consider Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1744 – 1821), the first citizen born in the United States to be canonized, who was canonized Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI.

She was a New York socialite, a devoted wife, a dedicated volunteer in charitable organizations, the mother of five children, a convert to Roman Catholicism, an educator, friend of the poor, catechist, and more.

Following bankruptcy, loss of the family business, their home, and the death of her husband, Mother Seton founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity, opened the first American Catholic free school for girls in Emmitsburg, Maryland, nursed sick and dying family, friends, and neighbors, and established the first American Catholic orphanage — all while raising five children as a widow!

Next time your own responsibilities get you down, remember that you don’t have to start out a saint to do some good in the world.

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