Thought for the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) – “What is a Saint?”

Thought for the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)  “What is a Saint?”

Excerpt from HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER BLESSED PAUL VI – 14 September 1975, on the Canonisation of St Elizabeth Ann Setonst e a seton- pray for us no 2 - 4 jan 2018

Elizabeth Ann Seton is a Saint!   We rejoice and we are deeply moved that our apostolic ministry authorises us to make this solemn declaration before all of you here present, before the holy Catholic Church, before our other Christian brethren in the world, before the entire American people and before all humanity. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a Saint!

She is the first daughter of the United States of America to be glorified with this incomparable attribute!    But what do we mean when we say:   «She is a Saint»?   We all have some idea of the meaning of this highest title;  but it is still difficult for us to make an exact analysis of it.   Being a Saint means being perfect, with a perfection that attains the highest level that a human being can reach.   A Saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God.   A Saint is a person in whom all sin-the principle of death-is cancelled out and replaced by the living splendour of divine grace.   The analysis of the concept of sanctity brings us to recognise in a soul the mingling of two elements that are entirely different but which come together to produce a single effect:  SANCTITY.   One of these elements is the human and moral element, raised to the degree of heroism:  heroic virtues are always required by the Church for the recognition of a person’s sanctity.   The second element is the mystical element, which express the measure and form of divine action in the person chosen by God to realise in herself-always in an original way-the image of Christ (Cfr. Rom. 8, 29).

The Church has made this study of the life, that is, the interior and exterior history, of Elizabeth Ann Seton.   And the Church has exulted with admiration and jo, and has today heard her own charism of truth poured out in the exclamation that we send up to God and announce to the world:  she is a Saint!

May the dynamism and authenticity of her life be an example in our day-and for generations to come-of what women can and must accomplish, in the fulfilment of their role, for the good of humanity.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton – Pray for us that we may all travel safely this path of sanctity and join you in Heaven in the halls of Sanctity!st e a seton- pray for us no 3 - 4 jan 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

“Faith lifts the soul,
Hope supports it,
Experience says it must
and Love says…let it be!”faith lifts the soul - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

“God is everywhere, in the very air I breathe,
yes everywhere
but in His Sacrament of the Altar
He is as present actually and really
as my soul within my body;
in His Sacrifice daily offered
as really as once offered on the Cross!”

“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . .
I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St Peter,
at the touch of the Divine messenger.”

“How sweet, the presence of Jesus
to the longing, harassed soul!
It is instant peace and balm to every wound.”god is everywhere - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

“We must pray without ceasing,
in every occurrence and employment
of our lives – that prayer which is rather
a habit of lifting up the heart to God
as in a constant communication with Him.”we must pray - seton - 4 jan 2018

“What was the first rule of our dear Saviour’s life?
You know it was to do his Father’s will.
Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work
is to do the will of God;
secondly, to do it in the manner He wills;
and thirdly, to do it because it is His will.
We know certainly that our God
calls us to a holy life.
We know that He gives us every grace,
every abundant grace
and though we are so weak of ourselves,
this grace is able to carry us through
every obstacle and difficulty.”what was the first rule - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.”

“Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing?
Did not our Saviour track the whole way to it
with His tears and blood?
And yet you stop at every little pain?”

“The gate of heaven is very low;
only the humble can enter it.”

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)AFFLICTIONS ARE THE STEPS TO HEAVEN - ST SETON 4 JAN 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

One Minute Reflection – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

When the Shepherd appears
you will win for yourselves
the unfading crown of glory………1 Peter 5:41-peter-5-4

REFLECTION – “You are children of eternity.  Your immortal crown awaits you and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love.   You may indeed sow here in tears but you may be sure there to reap in joy.”…St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)you are children of eternity - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a child of eternity.   Help me to live each day in such a way that I may deserve to be a child of Yours forever.   Grant that by the prayers of St Elizabeth Ann Seton, we may strive always to keep our eyes fixed on our eternal home and never waiver from Your commandments. e a seton - pray for us - 4 jan 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Our Morning Offering – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Lord Jesus
By St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Lord Jesus,
Who was born for us in a stable,
lived for us a life of pain and sorrow
and died for us upon a cross;
say for us in the hour of death,
“Father, forgive,”
and to Your Mother,
“Behold your child.”
Say to us,
“This day you shall be with Me in paradise.”
Dear Saviour, leave us not, forsake us not.
We thirst for You, Fountain of Living Water.
Our days pass quickly along,
soon all will be consummated for us.
To Your hands we commend our spirits,
now and forever.
Amenlord jesus - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018


Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (also known as Mother Seton) Widow and Mother, Religious, Foundress, Teacher, first native-born citizen of the United States to be Canonised on 14 September 1975 by Pope Paul VI.   She was born on 28 August 1774 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Ann Bayley – 4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes.  Patronages – • against in-law problems• against the death of children• against the death of parents• Apostleship of the Sea (two of her sons worked on the sea)• opposition of Church authorities• people ridiculed for their piety• Shreveport, Louisiana, Diocese of• widows.   She established the first Catholic girls’ school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.

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Mother Seton is one of the keystones of the American Catholic Church.   She founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity.   She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage.   All this she did in the span of 46 years while raising her five children.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a true daughter of the American Revolution, born August 28, 1774, just two years before the Declaration of Independence.   By birth and marriage, she was linked to the first families of New York and enjoyed the fruits of high society. Reared a staunch Episcopalian, she learned the value of prayer, Scripture and a nightly examination of conscience.   Her father, Dr Richard Bayley, did not have much use for churches but was a great humanitarian, teaching his daughter to love and serve E A SETON 2

The early deaths of her mother in 1777 and her baby sister in 1778 gave Elizabeth a feel for eternity and the temporariness of the pilgrim life on earth  . Far from being brooding and sullen, she faced each new “holocaust,” as she put it, with hopeful cheerfulness.   At 19, Elizabeth was the belle of New York and married a handsome, wealthy businessman, William Magee Seton.   They had five children before his business failed and he died of tuberculosis.   At 30, Elizabeth was widowed, penniless, with five small children to support.

While in Italy with her dying husband, Elizabeth witnessed Catholicity in action through family friends.   Three basic points led her to become a Catholic:  belief in the Real Presence, devotion to the Blessed Mother and conviction that the Catholic Church led back to the apostles and to Christ.   Many of her family and friends rejected her when she became a Catholic in March 1805.

To support her children, she opened a school in Baltimore.   From the beginning, her group followed the lines of a religious community, which was officially founded in 1809.f607fe8df5569d4f21ff7e7d13d22852--elizabeth-ann-seton-patron-saints (1)4c81c022a8d462572b891dd436c9aea9--elizabeth-ann-seton-catholic-saints

The thousand or more letters of Mother Seton reveal the development of her spiritual life from ordinary goodness to heroic sanctity.   She suffered great trials of sickness, misunderstanding, the death of loved ones (her husband and two young daughters) and the heartache of a wayward son.   She died 4 January 1821 and became the first American-born citizen to be beatified (1963) and then canonised (1975).   She is buried in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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4 January – Memorials of the Saints

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (Memorial, United States)

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr
St Angela of Foligno
St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles
Bl Manuel Gonzalez Garcia
St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus
Bl Thomas Plumtree

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.