Saints Grieve Too

Learning from St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Saints Grieve Too

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The saints were not immune from the suffering that comes from loss and grief. No one is; it’s part of the human condition.

St. Therese of Lisieux was deeply affected by the death of her mother and father. St. Jane de Chantal fell into such a deep depression after the death of her husband that her family worried for her health. St. Francis Borgia mourned his wife for much of the rest of his life. Blessed Pope John Paul II said that it was out of the loss of his mother that he developed his great love and devotion to the Blessed Mother. Of all the saints, however, it is Elizabeth of Hungary whose deep suffering from grief has lessons we all can learn from.

A thirteenth-century princess, Elizabeth was married at the age of fourteen to Ludwig IV of Thuringia. By all accounts they seem to have been soul mates. Deeply in love, they had three children and appeared destined to live…

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