The following is a post from my CaringBridge blog from September 9th, 2015:
St. Elizabeth is the first American citizen to be canonized a saint, the 40th anniversary of which is approaching on September 14th. Pope Paul VI said of her on that occasion in 1975:
“Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage.”
She is the founder of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, whose school was the first free Catholic school in America. Anyway, my father’s stepmother Mary (‘Nana’) had a devotion to ‘Mother Seton’ and in the 70s and 80s served on the board of Mount Saint Mary’s University, which was founded at nearly the same time as Mother Seton’s first school, in the same town (Emmitsburg, Maryland).
Anyway, Nana had been given a first-degree relic of Mother Seton back in the day, and she sent it to my father when he was going through a long period of neck trouble and surgeries. Before my treatments started, he brought it down to me; we have it on our mantle (pictured) and it is humbling and helpful to have it here. Prior to this, he lent it out to others, including one of his patients. Now we often pray Mother Seton’s version of the Anima Christi in front of it.
Keep the prayers coming; they are truly powerful. I thank you from the depths of my being!
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!