Holy Family

Holy Family

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Good morning. What was it that so intrigued him that day? What did that man say that so captivated him to drop everything and take-off after Him? You have to know that whatever it was that transpired between the two of them it certainly developed a healthy thirst for more of whatever it was. It sure made a definite difference in the direction of the life of a simple fisherman named Andrew. This well known piece from the beginning of John’s Gospel offers some very encouraging news for us parents. This brief passage of history is encouraging because research upon research indicates that we, we parents, are the most powerful influence in how children go about making decisions regarding the direction of their lives. What a wonderful, yet awesome responsibility we as parents have. What a difference we as parents can make; like the man along the shore of Galilee, what we say or do can make a significant difference in lives of our children. When we ask our children “What are you looking for?” What will be their response? Hopefully as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, she herself a parent instructs us, it will be to do the will of their Father. “What was the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do his Father’s will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life.” Seemingly Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton heard a similar message as Andrew as it led her to where God wanted her to go. May we and our children hear this same call to a holy life. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

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