Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Led to Jesus in His Real Eucharistic Presence: Elizabeth Seton

Today's memorial honors the first native born United States saint. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born to an upper crust, New York Episcopalian family just before the Revolutionary War. She was, in turn, a wife, mom, widow, Catholic convert, Catholic school founder, and religious order founder.

She was drawn to Catholicism primarily through the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Here's a good overview of Saint Elizabeth Ann, but I really like this quote:

“There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries — not that my adored Lord is
in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar ; His word has said it, and what so
simple as to take that word which is truth itself? — but that souls of His own
creation, whom He gave His life to save, who are endowed with His choicest gifts in
all things else, should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that light
without which every other blessing is unavailing!”

I love it! To Elizabeth Seton, the Big Mystery wasn't the Real Presence of, what mystified her was the fact that folks actually deprived themselves of this Gift!

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.