Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231) was the princess of Hungary:

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231) was the princess of Hungary:

At age 13 she married Prince Louis of Thuringa. Their marriage was happy and three children were born to them. Although she was royalty, she lived a humble life serving the sick and poor outside the castle walls. No amount of disapproval could dissuade her from her faithfulness to this task. Once, en route to feed the poor, her husband stopped her and demanded to see what she carried beneath her mantle. Miraculously, the food had been replaced by roses. When her husband tragically died after only six years of marriage, she was grief-stricken. She eventually left her life of nobility and joined the Secular Franciscans, where she continued her charitable works to an even greater degree. She helped Germany recover from a famine by giving them a huge gift of grain. It was this act, along with her habit of distributing bread to the poor, that made her the patron saint of bakers. She is also the patron of hospitals, the homeless, widows, charities, and nursing homes. St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s feast day is November 17th.

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