Friday, July 04, 2008

Third Order Franciscan - St. Elizabeth of Portugal

This morning at Mass we learned a good deal about St. Elizabeth of Portugal and her constant determination and work for peace and reconciliation. On this, our independence day, it was good to lift up St. Elizabeth of Portugal who "inaugurated what today we would call social works in her kingdom, set up hostels for pilgrims and travelers, provided for the poor, established dowries for poor girls, founded a hospital and a house for penitent women at Torres Novas, and built an orphanage."

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