Cloud of Witnesses

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (born in 1774)—the first American woman to be canonized a Saint! She was a wife, mother, widow, convert, teacher, sister and superior of a Religious community. She began the Catholic school system in the USA. St. Elizabeth was so many things. In all things she trusted in GOD and strove to do His Will:

“What was the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do His Father’s will. Well, then, the first end I propose in 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 willl. I know what is His will by those who direct me; whatever they bid me do, if it is ever so small in itself, is the will of God for me. Then, do it in the manner He wills it.”

Please learn more about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and ask her to pray for our country:

1. Biography from the website of the The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

2. Shorter bio from a Catholic blogger.

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 splendor of divine grace.

Rejoice, we say to the great nation of the United States of America. Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage. This most beautiful figure of a holy woman presents to the world and to history the affirmation of new and authentic riches that are yours: that religious spirituality which your temporal prosperity seemed to obscure and almost make impossible. Your land too, America, is indeed worthy of receiving into its fertile ground the seed of evangelical holiness.

– Pope Paul VI, homily from the canonization

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