Today is the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary throughout the Roman Catholic Church. She lived over eight centuries ago and after becoming a widow at the age of 20 become an early lay follower of St. Francis. She gave away her wealth to the poor and turned her castle into a hospital. A woman of deep contemplative prayer, her virtue and baptismal identity in Jesus Christ shone forth from her very countenance. She died at the age of 24 and renown for sanctity was canonized a saint four years later. This work entitled "The Charity of St. Elizabeth" by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852 – 1922) in 1895 captures her holiness. In our current climate of vice may we imitate her virtue! St. Elizabeth, pray for us!