Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

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(1207-1231)

Elizabeth was the daughter of the just and pious Andrew II, king of Hungary, the niece of Saint Hedwig, and the sister of the virtuous Bela IV, king of Hungary, who became the father of Saint Cunegundes and of Saint Margaret of Hungary, a Dominican nun. Another of her brothers was Coloman, King of Galicia and prince of Russia, who led an angelic life amid the multiple affairs of the world and the troubles of war.

She was betrothed in infancy to Louis, Landgrave of Thuringia, and brought up from the age of four in his father’s court. Never could she bear to adopt the ornaments of the court for her own usage, and she took pleasure only in prayer. She would remove her royal crown when she entered the church, saying she was in the presence of the Saviour who wore a crown of thorns. As she grew older, she employed the jewels offered her for the benefit of the poor. Not content with receiving numbers of them daily in her palace, and relieving all in distress, she built several hospitals, where she herself served the sick, bathing them, feeding them, dressing their wounds and ulcers. The relatives of her fiancé tried to prevent the marriage, saying she was fit only for a cloister; but the young prince said he would not accept gold in the quantity of a nearby mountain, if it were offered him to abandon his resolution to marry Elizabeth.

Once as she was carrying in the folds of her mantle some provisions for the poor, she met her husband returning from the hunt. Astonished to see her bending under the weight of her burden, he opened the mantle and found in it nothing but beautiful red and white roses, though it was not the season for flowers. He told her to continue on her way, and took one of the marvelous roses, which he conserved all his life. She never ceased to edify him in all of her works. One of her twelve excellent Christian maxims, by which she regulated all her conduct was, Often recall that you are the work of the hands of God and act accordingly, in such a way as to be eternally with Him.

When her pious young husband died in Sicily on his way to a Crusade with the Emperor Frederick, she was cruelly driven from her palace by her brother-in-law. Those whom she had aided showed nothing but coldness for her; God was to purify His Saint by harsh tribulations. She was forced to wander through the streets with her little children, a prey to hunger and cold. The bishop of Bamberg, her maternal uncle, finally forced the cruel prince to ask pardon for his ill treatment of her, but she voluntarily renounced the grandeurs of the world, and went to live in a small house she had prepared in the city of Marburgh. There she practiced the greatest austerities. She welcomed all her sufferings, and continued to be the mother of the poor, distributing all of the heritage eventually conceded to her, and converting many by her holy life. She died in 1231, at the age of twenty-four.

Reflection: This young and delicate princess made herself the servant and nurse of the poor. Let her example teach us to disregard the opinions of the world and to overcome our natural hesitation, in order to serve Christ in the person of His poor.

Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 13; Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).

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    Zahvala na primljenim milostima po zagovoru svetog Ante ❤

    Svemogući i dobri Bože! Iako nevrijedan, s pouzdanjem sam se utjecao tvojem milosrđu po zagovoru tvoga milog svetog Ante. Ti si me milostivo uslišao, zapravo – uslišao si molbe svetog Ante koji se za mene dobrostivo zauzeo. Hvala ti, hvala tvojoj vječnoj i neizrecivoj dobroti! Hvala i mom dragom posredniku pred tobom, svetom Anti, kojega si divno proslavio među svojim svetima!

    Obećavam da ću ti biti i unaprijed, uvijek, istinski zahvalan ne samo riječju nego i djelom, ne samo hvalospjevom nego i životom. Daj mi milost da znam i uzmognem savjesno upotrebljavati sve tvoje darove i milosti te tako postići vječno spasenje, blaženstvo na koje smo pozvani i kojim te želim hvaliti i slaviti sa svima svetima u sve vijeke vjekova. Amen

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    Molitva svetom Anti za obraćenje grješnika ❤
    Veliki sveče, ti si posvetio svoj život i istrošio svoje snage za spas kršćana i povratak nevjernika k Bogu. Ti si i sada posrednik Božjega milosrđa za obraćenje grješnika. Molim te, posreduj kod Gospodina za (reci ime osobe za koju moliš …) , meni vrlo dragu osobu, koja, na žalost, ne živi po evanđeoskoj nauci niti prema svom krsnom pozivu.
    O dragi sveče, neka ta osoba nađe izgubljenu vjeru, neka počne živjeti pravim kršćanskim životom i neka nađe mir i radost Božjega prijateljstva! Ne dopusti da upropasti svoju vječnu sreću, već posreduj da opet postane Božje dijete i osjeti Božju milost u ovom životu i neizrecivu radost na drugom, u nebesima. Amen.
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    TRODNEVNICA GOSPI OD ZDRAVLJA ❤
    Molitve Gospi od zdravlja
    Pripravna molitva – Gospodine sveti Oče, svemogući vječni Bože, o svetkovini Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, hvalimo te, blagoslivljamo te i slavimo te. Majka tvoga Sina i naša Majka Marija najljubaznije pritječe u pomoć svojoj djeci koja su u nevoljama. Stoga se bolesni k njoj utječu – često dolazeći u svetišta njoj posvećena – da, po njezinu zagovoru, opet prime zdravlje.
    Zdravo Marijo … Slava Ocu …
    Molitva zahvalnica
    Gospodine sveti Oče, svemogući vječni Bože, o svetkovini Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, hvalimo te, blagoslivljamo te i slavimo te. Hvala ti što si nam Majku svoga Sina dao za zaštitnicu, jer bolesnima koji zazivaju njezinu zaštitu sja kao znak ozdravljenja i višnje nade.
    Zdravo Marijo … Slava Ocu …
    Molitva za zdravlje
    Gospodine sveti Oče, svemogući vječni Bože, o svetkovini Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, hvalimo te, blagoslivljamo te i slavimo te. Dok putujemo zemljom, tvoje spasenje obuzima čitava čovjeka, naše tijelo i našu dušu. Po zdravlju posve se mijenja naše stanje: tlačenje se okreće u slobodu, neznanje u spoznaju istine, bolest u zdravlje, žalost u radost, smrt u život, robovanje grijehu u dioništvo tvoje božanske naravi. Po zagovoru Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, molimo te, udijeli nam zdravlje i duše i tijela, da ti u zdravom tijelu uzmognemo zdravom dušom iskazati slavu.
    Zdravo Marijo … Slava Ocu …
    Molitva preporuke
    Gospodine sveti Oče, svemogući vječni Bože, o svetkovini Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, hvalimo te, blagoslivljamo te i slavimo te. Znamo da savršeno i potpuno spasenje ne možemo postići na ovom svijetu: naš je život izložen boli, patnji, smrti. Tvoj lijek za naše zdravlje jest Isus Krist, koga si poslao k nama kao Spasitelja i Liječnika tijela i duše. Po zagovoru Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, molimo te, da nas Kristove boli iscijele da ozdravljeni prispijemo u nebesko slavlje.
    Zdravo Marijo … Slava Ocu …
    Posvetna molitva
    Gospodine sveti Oče, svemogući vječni Bože, o svetkovini Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, hvalimo te, blagoslivljamo te i slavimo te. Tvoj Sin, Isus Krist, od proroka nazvan Sluga Gospodnji, ponio je naše bolesti, naše boli na sebe uzeo i njegove nas rane iscijeliše. Po zagovoru Blažene Djevice Marije, Gospe od Zdravlja, molimo te, primi nas duha ponizna i srca skrušena.
    Zdravo Marijo … Slava Ocu …

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