St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Wow, what a surprising end to a rather lackadaisical day. Not exactly a true lackadaisical day, although, if I do not crawl into bed at midnight in excruciating, or almost excruciating pain, then I feel as though I was lazy that day, or may be considered lazy by others.  An ongoing, daily inner struggle of my life as it is, I’m sure, with many woman.

My day started out after two hours of sleep last night, no particular reason.  Mostly my desire to complete my “chores and obligations”, which I never did get to finish, or fully complete.  I figured today would be “another day”. Woke, did the morning routine, along with taking the kids to school due to the first true frigid weather in our area.  I didn’t want our son to leave early for the bus stop, and stand  there freezing.  Especially since I knew he wouldn’t dress properly, and then there would his “man pride” that would get in his way, and he would stand there freezing vs. coming home and wear warm clothing and outerwear.

I needed to get my mom to the surgeon’s for her appointment and I didn’t have time to do the sitting at the bus stop routine, or running back and forth in between schools with the kids, or experiencing the whole “yes, you need to” vs. “no, I’ll be fine”, routine.  It was easier, calmer and all around more pleasant to drive my children to their respective schools, along with taking my neighbor and even stopping on the way to pick up my niece on her birthday. It was nice to be able to do this one little thing for her on her birthday.  Then we sit in front of the school for 10 minutes, due to the fact that the children are not allowed to enter the building until 8 a.m.  To my parents eye, I believe I saw children entering the building, and the one’s outside actually surviving! Nonetheless, my precious cargo felt they needed to stay in the car until that special moment in time.  It’s funny how that special moment in time, turned out to be the exact time that the car was beginning to get cool, due to me turning the car, along with the heat off when we pulled up in front of the school.

Children, truly a blessing and joy to have in our lives. To see life through their eyes, is such a blessing to us all, especially when we stop and honestly listen to their words, their dreams, and how they may approach an issue rather than the adult way.  I am often amazed how their answers may be so simple and succinct.

Returned home in time for a load of laundry, some coffee and prayer time. Then time to dress for my mom’s doctor appointment. That’s a two hour event, with travel and buying the medicine.  I arrive home, chit chat with my husband, and hobble upstairs due to my pain. I figured I would get off my feet until the pain subsided, and during that time I started blogging and attempting the “picture to the blog” again.

After my husband left for work, I thought “OK, I can do this, I’ll wash the carpet, do some cleaning up, along with more laundry, and then it would be time for the night time routine”.

The harder I worked to start moving my body, the slower I became. Finally, my middle child looked at me and said, “why don’t you go to bed, you have circles down to your mid cheeks, you look exhausted.”  I took my daughter’s advice, and in that time I played round and round with the computer.

Finally it happened, I successfully placed a picture onto my blog!  It has only taken 3 months and approximately five days, along with many, many hours of “playing” around on the computer.  Tonight it has taken me approximately three hours of “playing” on the computer to accomplish this feat!

I desired to write about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton today, with her feast day on the 4th and I can only attribute her intercession in helping me to be successful with the accomplishment of her picture on my blog today. Hers is the first picture that made it!!!!! I’m thrilled.  Needless to say, I will definitely be asking for her intercession before I start a blog!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, until today, was a saint whom I have always been aware of, but, not necessarily the first saint to ask for intercessory prayers.

I attempt to keep a typed list of birth dates, anniversaries, and death dates. With each person I pray for, I do my best to invoke any saints that may have the person’s name, given, middle or last. I also ask for the intercession of saints who are patrons of the what the person does or did in their life.

When I think of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, first I think of my deceased paternal grandmother, so she will be in my prayers today. Next on the list is my favorite Great Aunt Ann. I love her dearly…..she spent much time with me during my childhood.  The nights I would sleep at my maternal grandmothers house, she would come over on Sunday mornings with her son, Joe (my second cousin).  We would attend mass at St. Anthony’s, then return to my grandmother’s house, and eat ham with butter on the bread, along with tea.  They made it beautiful for me, it was a grown up tea party, and I definitely had my manners reinforced at this time. These will always be fond memories for me.  Then I also think of my mom, her name being Marianne, and a mother, who had many things happen in her life as did St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, I ask for her intercession for my mom.

Then I begin down my list of all the moms,  and grandmothers, along with friends who are in need of intercessory prayer for being mothers, especially the ones who have large families. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton also believes strongly in a good education. I’m right there with her!

Amazingly, there are other many “God – incidences” with this saint:

My niece, Jacqueline, was also born on August 28th. I now have another saint to pray for my niece!  The fact that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized on the Feast Day of the Exaltation of the Cross fits this saints life to a tee. She carried her cross well, and without compliant.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a wonderful role model for so many of us as mothers, and yet I still continue to struggle with getting life down pat!  I also have a special place in my heart for this saint, because she is one of the saints I truly remember who was canonized during my lifetime, and to me, that is a big deal!

I have always turned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as a mom. Now that I have discovered that she is patronage to other issues, she definitely will receive my prayers for intercession to her as time goes by.

Prayer by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

O Father, the first rule of Our dear Savior’s life was to do Your Will. Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule of our daily life and work, with no other desire but for its most full and complete accomplishment. Help us to follow it faithfully, so that doing what You wish we will be pleasing to You. Amen.









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Hi, Welcome to my blog Faith Comes First for My name is Michele, mom of three, two dogs and a husband. I teach 6th grade CCD. Through the years, I have been encouraged to write, along with writing books. Last week, a girlfriend mentioned I should write a book. I chuckled and stated "about what?". She replied "anything, you love to write about multiple topics". When God sent this opportunity my way, I decided to apply, and to my delight I was accepted. I hope and pray that you will find my blogs interesting and informational. My goal is to share the little tidbits of our Catholic religion from the past, and bring it back into the present. So much is still pertinent for this day and age, and yet has been missed, or not taught any longer. One of my goals is to bring that back, along with information about the Saints, and how our religion ties into today's political scene we are living in at the moment. Thank you for visiting my blog, and please feel free to leave feedback. I would love to hear from others with ideas, your thoughts and feelings. Again, thank you and God Bless, Michele

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