Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary, OFM.

Feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary. Married Woman and Franciscan Tertiary. 

"Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 

"Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.

“So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. 

“Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.

“I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.

“And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” 

“They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17: 26 - 37).

Friday 17th November 2023 of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary. (1207 - 1231) Religious. 

Born Hungarian Princess. Married a German Prince. In her short life of only 23 years, Elizabeth had four children and then became a Franciscan Tertiary after the death of her husband. She spent the rest of her life bringing comfort to the poor, the sick and the aged.

Quote of 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!" (St Elizabeth of Hungary). 

Our key Scripture for today from Luke 17: 26 - 37 is a sobering message from Jesus. In one word, History Repeats Itself. 

In the times of Noah, people lived with abandon. The world is ours. No fear, no worry, no doubt about tomorrow. 

But the truth is that this world is not our home. We are pilgrims passing by. 

What is your attitude? A permanent resident or a temporary resident? 

As temporary residents, we must be in Waiting mode. 

How do we wait? "Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." (Mark 13: 33).

In order to be fully awake and take full advantage of all the blessings that God has prepared for those who wait for His time and season, we must be vigilant about our daily devotions:

Prayer, Word of God, Eucharist, Adoration, Penance, etc.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap." (Luke 21: 34). 

November is the Month we pray for the Souls in PURGATORY. 

“On May 13, 1917, during the first apparition to the three shepherd children, the eldest visionary, Lucia dos Santos, asked the Blessed Mother about two of her friends who had died. The Lady responded that one was in Heaven, but the other, Amelia, would be in Purgatory until the end of the world."

For Catholic Church teaching on the Souls in PURGATORY and how to help them, click the link below:

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