Today is the feast day of Elizabeth of Hungary whose stained glass window from St. Francis Church in Philadelphia we have restored. The PTA graciously donated the window to Holy Cross from the school children.
At today's mass, we learned about her great concern for the poor, especially children and her affection and devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. Her spirit of generosity and simple lifestyle, despite her royal heritage, can be an inspiration for us all. The children will be given a laminated prayer card of our window with a prayer to her on the reverse side.
Our thanksgiving food drive is a great opportunity for us to emulate St. Elizabeth's efforts to feed the hungry.
Holy Cross' window depicts St. Elizabeth wearing the crown of royalty, with two children looking to her protection. Her cloak is filled with roses which appeared miraculously when jealous advisors to her husband, the king, accused her of stealing treasure from the palace. Instead of simply food, roses appeared marking God's approval of her efforts to help the poor.