Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God loved us, and send his Son

as expiation for our sins.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

1 jn: 4:10

St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231)

She was a daughter of the King of Hungary. She was given in marriage to Ludwig, the Landgrave of Thuringia, by whom she had three children. She frequently meditated on heavenly things and when her husband died she embraced poverty and built a hospice in which she cared for the sick herself.

 She ordered that one of her castles should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble.

From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, Saint Elizabeth’s spiritual director




41. I realize that some people are hesitant and fearful with regard to migrants. I consider this part of our natural instinct of self-defence. Yet it is also true that an individual and a people are only fruitful and productive if they are able to develop a creative openness to others. I ask everyone to move beyond those primal reactions because “there is a problem when doubts and fears condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other”.[45]

Can we overcome “our natural instinct of self-defense” with regard to…???

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks in the studio at USCCB headquarters in Washington Nov. 16, 2020, during bishops’ fall general assembly, convened virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Screen Grab)

many lost catholics are hot proclaiming the truth in our heart that, we are “spreading the fear of illness and death”, which leads to “‘a problem when doubts and fears condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist'”…

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is seen in Rome Feb. 14, 2013. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass marking World Day of the Poor in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

many lost catholics yell that “Lust, greed, gluttony, wrath, sloth, envy, pride — pretty much the report covers all of them”, are causing us to become cold, and turn to the president, president-elect or clerics to save us, because they urge us into “deluding ourselves into thinking, ‘peace and security!’”; therefore the truth in our heart becomes “‘fear (which) deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other'”, …

People use a kayak to move through floodwaters in Macuspana, Mexico, Nov. 9, 2020, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta in this picture obtained from social media. An estimated 200 people died throughout Central America and southern Mexico because of Eta, and Hurricane Iota was due to make landfall in Central America in the same place as Eta. (CNS photo/Jesus Castellanos Perez via Reuters)

many lost Catholics don’t know what to think in our heart since,  “Life has become very, very, very hard.”, and we are neither cold or hot, but lukewarm; therefore we act “hesitant and fearful with regard to” those who come from another place and cannot “move beyond those primal reactions” which leads to “another violation of the Seventh Commandment” by “unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one’s neighbor and wronging him in any way with respect to his goods” as when a priest did, “‘not
have a cell phone because the Bishop took it away from him

A memorial marker shows the engraved names of the six Jesuit priests who were killed in San Salvador, El Salvador, Nov. 16, 1989. (CNS photo/Luis Galdamez, Reuters)

A few Catholics can be both hot and cold without becoming lukewarm , “by identifying with the least ones”, like Elizabeth of Hungary, Patron Saint of Hospitals, who thought the truth in their heart; St. Elizabeth pray that we develop “a creative openness to others”, which leads to working with the LORD, “to save what is lost.“!!!

Today’s Scriptures

I wish you were either cold or hot.

RV 3:15

R. (Rev. 3: 21) I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

who thinks the truth in his heart…

PS 15: 2

“…and to save what was lost.”

LK 19: 10

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