November 17: St Elizabeth of
There is also a small room dedicated to St Elizabeth. When I visited this room, I copied a notice written by the Lutherans that reveals a deep understanding of the Saint. It reads like this:
Elizabeth's entry into the Secular Franciscan Order was not equivalent to entering into a form of life which meant retiring into a convent. On the contrary, it would be truer to say that she removed the distance between her position and the poor, and that she went out among ordinary people.
It was not her leaving but her entering the world, her love for Christ and for her fellow-man that made this Hungarian daughter of a king, born in 1207, Countess of Thuringia and saint, become one of the most significant women of the German Middle Ages, whose popularity has endured to the present day.
Her activity was closely bound up with the Wartburg, where she lived from earliest childhood and where in 1221 she became the wife of Ludwig IV, Count of Thuringia.
as her model Saint Francis of
of the tragedies of the Protestant Reformation involves the relics of St
the tomb, in the Lutheran
But the lively spirit of St Elizabeth continues to inspire the Franciscan Family in our following of Jesus Christ and his gospel. The Secular Franciscans worldwide are especially dedicated to their patroness.