“Contemplate how you are being asked to give your heart to God amongst your everyday activities. Be prepared to meet your grace in every circumstance of life.” –St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
New York socialite, wife and mother, convert to Catholicism in her 30s, first American saint, foundress of the first American religious order for women and the first American parish school, servant of the poor—it’s a pretty inspiring story! But it also a very human one, filled with extremes of tragedy and triumph but marked by all the little graces of everyday life. At first glance it seems that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was gifted in ways unlike us, a perfect saint from the start. On the contrary, though, hers is a life of simple authenticity and a continuous effort to hear God’s call and to respond to that call. She did not set out to be a hero. Instead, she let love—for God, for family, for community, for the poor—guide her in her openness to God’s grace. How can you open yourself to the grace of God in your life?
Check out this video from those who know firsthand (and have a fun soundtrack):
Sister Liz Investigates—Mother Ann Seton
We have a room in the church named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. It’s the room off to the right (if you are facing the altar). St. Elizabeth would be happy to know that it is regularly used for religious education and choir practice! Next time you are there notice (and take to heart) the words on the icon of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: “Our least action when done for God is precious to Him.”