Saint of the Week:
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
“How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!”
FEAST DAY: November 17
PATRON SAINT of bakers, Catholic Charities, and the Secular Franciscan Order
As the daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth’s marriage was arranged when she was just a child. At the age of 4, she was sent to Thuringia for education and eventual marriage. When she was 14, she married Louis of Thuringia. They loved each other deeply and had 3 children together.
Even though a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers, Elizabeth chose to live a simple life. Louis supported Elizabeth in all she did to relieve the sufferings of the poor and sick. After 6 years of marriage, Louis went to fight in the Crusades and died on the way. Elizabeth was grief-stricken. Her in-laws accused her of mismanaging the finances of the kingdom, forcing her and her children out of the palace. When her husband’s friends returned from the Crusades, they helped restore her to her rightful place in the palace since her son was legal heir to the throne.
Elizabeth’s health declined, and she died at the age of 24. She was canonized 4 years later. Elizabeth is symbolized by a triple crown—for roles as a member of royalty, as a mother, and as a saint.