Though St. Elizabeth of Hungary lived over 800 years ago, she has a unique appeal for Christians today. Love, rather than ideology or politics, was the basis of her whole life.
Born in 1207, the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and married to Ludwig IV, the Landgraf of Thuringia, Elizabeth was a happily married woman who loved her husband and children. As a lover of the poor, she not only practiced charity, but protested the injustices practiced against the poor in the feudal world, even her husband’s own policies. Above all, Elizabeth hungered for God and found him in her everyday activities as a noblewoman, ruler, wife and mother before she found him in religious life and service to the poor in imitation of St. Francis. She is honored throughout the Catholic world as patroness of the Secular and Regular Third Order Franciscans.
Originally published in 2007 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St. Elizabeth’s birth, the book, now revised and expanded, also includes an English translation of the testimonies given by her closest friends at her canonization process, along with newly-discovered testimonies never before translated into English; and a section of prayers and litanies for private meditation or group celebrations.