October 20, 2010.
(ONLY VIDEO) Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis today I wish to speak about Saint Elizabeth of Hungary,
also known as Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia. She was born in the early thirteenth
century. Her father was the King of Hungary, and Elizabeth was known from an
early age for her fidelity to prayer and her attention to the poor. Though she
was married to Ludwig, a nobleman, for political reasons, she and her husband
developed a sincere love for each other, one deepened by faith and the desire to
do the Lord’s will.
In her married life, Elizabeth did not compromise her faith in spite of the
requirements of life at court. She preferred to feed the poor than to dine at
banquets, and to clothe the naked than to dress in costly garments. Because of
their deep faith in God, Elizabeth and Ludwig supported each other in their
religious duties. After his early death, she dedicated herself to the service of
the poor, always performing the humblest and most difficult works. She founded a
religious community, and lived her vows until her death at an early age. She was
canonized four years later, and is a patroness of the Third Order of Saint
Francis. May her dedication to the poor and needy inspire in us the same love
for Christ in our neighbour.
I am pleased to welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors
present today. In particular, I extend greetings to members of the Congregation
of the Holy Cross and to the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Sacred Heart, along
with their students, friends and benefactors here for the canonization of Saint
André Bessette and Saint Mary MacKillop. Upon all of you, I invoke God’s