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                There is a fascinating saint commemorated this week.  Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, died November 17, 1231.  This Hungarian princess lived her entire life in east-central Germany, and is often called Elizabeth of Thuringia.  Married to a duke, she gave large sums of money, including her dowry, for relief of the poor and sick.  She founded hospitals, cared for orphans, and used the royal food supplies to feed the hungry.  Though she had the support of her husband, her generosity and charity did not earn her friends within the royal court.  At the death of her husband, she was driven out.  She joined a Franciscan order and continued her charitable work, though she suffered abuse at the hands of her confessor and spiritual guide.  Her lifetime of charity is particularly remarkable when one remembers that she died at the age of twenty-four.  She founded two hospitals, and many more are named for her.

 Gretchen Mundinger

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