She was born in the year 1207, the daughter of King Andrew of Hungary. While still young she was given in marriage to Ludwig landgrave of Thuringa, by whom she had three children. She was assiduous in mental prayer; after the death of her husband she embraced poverty and spent her days in caring for the sick in a hospice which she had built. She was a member of the third order of Saint Francis. She died at Marburg in the year 1231. Together with St. Louis IX, St. Elizabeth are the patron saints of the OFS (Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis) … the secular Franciscans.
Prayer: Lord God, You taught Saint Elizabeth of Hungary to see and reverence Christ in the poor. May her prayers help us to give constant love and service to the afflicted and the needy. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 17 November 2016
A Christian Pilgrim