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St. Elizabeth of HungaryToday is the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, daughter of a king, who lived in the 13th century and died just after her 24th birthday. From childhood she was devoted to the poor and in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi, she constantly served them, feeding them both materially and spiritually. Her story is uplifting but my attention this morning was drawn to the quote that followed her biography on the americancatholic.org website which seems quite apt for this moment in our world.

Today there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbor of every individual without exception and to take positive steps to help a neighbor whom we encounter, whether that neighbor be an elderly person, abandoned by everyone, a foreign worker…a refugee…an illegitimate child…or a starving human being who awakens our consciousness by calling to mind the words of Christ: “As long as you did it for one of these least ones, you did it for me.” (The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World from The Second Vatican Council)