Thursday, November 17
FEAST OF ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, RELIGIOUS
The pursuit of happiness
Who can hope to emulate the selfless lives of women like Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a princess who fearlessly nursed the gravely ill and gave away much of her fortune to the poor? We wonder at her willingness to live such a difficult and demanding life. We are, however, overlooking one crucial detail: She was happy! As Dostoevsky writes in The Brothers Karamazov, “We are made for happiness, and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself, ‘I am doing God’s will on earth.’ All the righteous, all the saints, all the holy martyrs were happy.” What creates happiness is different for each one of us. If you aren’t sure, ask God to lead you to the happiness that is your birthright.
TODAY’S READINGS: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29; Luke 19:41-44 (500)
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace? But now it is hidden from your eyes.”
Alice Camille, Daniel Grippo, Father Larry Janowski, O.F.M., Ann O'Connor, Joel Schorn, Patrice J. Tuohy, and Sister Julie Vieira, I.H.M.
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