St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton teach us that God won’t make troubles go away, but he will protect us in the midst of them. They both found strength by responding to God’s call, even when it meant leaving everything behind.
Saint Patrick’s Day and Mother Seton’s Heart for the Irish
From the hardscrabble immigrants she worshiped with and whose piety she learned from, to the Irish clergy and bishops with whom she worked to build her religious community, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton always had a heart for the Irish.
Saint Matilda and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Two Widows Who Show Us The Power of Trusting in God
When St. Matilda of Ringelheim and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton were widowed early, they wasted no time despairing, and instead focused on God’s will for their lives. Their legacies speak to the importance of trusting in God to do great things with us and through us, regardless of our circumstances.
Embracing God Through Hard Times with St. Seraphina and Mother Seton
As we journey through Lent, we can look to St. Seraphina and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to strengthen our desire to follow God’s will for our lives. God was their all. Whatever the circumstances, they turned themselves over to Him, uniting all their sufferings to Christ.
St. John Ogilvie and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Heroic Witnesses to Christ’s Church
John Ogilvie and Mother Seton were courageous saints of Scottish heritage. Each in their own way, they witnessed to Christ in their native lands in the face of hostility to the Catholic Church.
Two Remarkable Women, One Path: St. Frances of Rome and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Frances of Rome and Elizabeth Ann Seton were very different women who took similar paths to sainthood. They each received the grace to found religious communities, by praying without ceasing, and trusting in God’s plan for their lives, no matter the circumstances they encountered.
Saint John of God, Mother Seton, and the Extraordinary Gift of Being Faithful in Ordinary Things
Saint John of God and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton show us that not all sacrifices have to be big and dramatic to be holy. Extraordinary sacrifice can be found in the ordinary events of life.
Seeking Peace with Saint Colette and Mother Seton
St. Colette and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton were great organizers of religious communities who found peace in the presence of God, no matter the trials they suffered or the challenges they faced.
Letting Go and Trusting God With Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
We say the words “Thy will be done” countless times, but do we really mean them? St. Elizabeth Ann Seton shows us how we can grow into our prayers – even the tough ones – by opening ourselves to God’s love, and learning to trust Him completely.
Katharine Drexel and Elizabeth Ann Seton—”Sister Saints” Who Changed Education in the United States Forever
These two brave and unselfish women devoted their lives to educating poor children and ministering to the needy. We can see their legacies today in the religious communities they founded, and the thousands of Catholic schools across our nation.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Explains How to Pray, Fast, and Give
For St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the three Lenten marks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving were a way of life. Her words can inspire us to view these three practices of Lent as one integrated act.
Heroic Charity: Blessed Rani Maria Vattalil and Mother Seton
Self-sacrificing women are not always recognized in their lifetimes. Blessed Rani Maria Vattalil and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are two such women. Both dedicated their comparatively short lives to caring for children and the poor.
God is Mine and I Am His – Finding Joy in Lent with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
If we really understood Lent, we would be as enthralled with Ash Wednesday as Mother Seton was. It is through our Lenten journey inward into “the great empty” that we encounter God and meet our authentic selves.
Sister Blandina, Mother Seton, and the Power of the Western Hero
Servant of God Blandina Segale’s ministry in the American West as a Sister of Charity, and Mother Seton’s experiences founding her community in Emmitsburg, share much in common with classic western movies. In both their stories, Jesus is the true hero.
To Follow the Pope, as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Did
St. Peter is honored because despite his weaknesses, he loved and followed Jesus, and became the first pope. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton also chose a difficult path, when she answered God’s call, and entered the Catholic Church. Like St. Peter, Mother Seton’s humility became her greatest glory.
Ash Wednesday and the Witness of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
An important step in Mother Seton’s conversion took place on Ash Wednesday, when she first entered the Catholic Church.
Living Ash Wednesday the Way Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Did
Mother Seton didn’t walk the Way of the Cross alone during her life, but rather she surrounded herself with a community, with whom she journeyed in mutual dependence, step by step, along the path Christ set for them. During Lent, together with the Church, we are all invited to do the same.
The Fierce Faith of Sts. Francisco, Jacinta and Elizabeth Ann Seton
Like Mother Seton, the young saints Francisco and Jacinta were given the grace and strength to do what God called them to do with fierceness of faith. They had perfect trust in Him who died for our sins.
‘They Possess God’: Mother Seton and Blessed John of Fiesole
It’s no wonder that Mother Seton and the Dominican friar known as Fra Angelico experienced God so intensely in Italy, a land of splendid Catholic art and liturgy. They weren’t satisfied with a God who was merely transcendent, but yearned for the One who gave His life for the world and became our living bread.
Evangelizers of New Lands: Saints Cyril and Methodius, and Elizabeth Ann Seton
Though more than a millennium separates us from the evangelical mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and two centuries from Mother Seton, their approach to evangelization is a model for the Church today.
Valentine’s Day and the Love That Never Fails
The love between spouses is a mirror of God’s enduring love for us. Few examples of such love are more poignant than Elizabeth Ann Seton’s tender care for her dying husband William during their long quarantine in a damp lazaretto after their journey to Italy.
Lourdes and the Common Extremism of the Saints
When Bernadette Soubirous and Elizabeth Ann Seton each discerned their callings, these future saints gave unstinting witness to their missions, in extreme obedience to truths that brought hope and light to many. They never backed down.
A Greater Love: Facing Lent with Mother Seton and Saint Scholastica
As Lent approaches, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Scholastica remind us to examine our hearts and prioritize and cultivate a fervent desire for God.
St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Women of Great Fortitude
In giving their lives, strength, and sufferings for their daughters and sisters, sons and brothers, St. Josephine Bakhita and Mother Seton are eternally united in the life, strength, and suffering of their Beloved Lord.
Learning to Trust God Through Suffering, with St. Agatha and Mother Seton
Following Christ is not without challenges. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Agatha are examples of leaning into God’s grace to persevere and triumph in times of challenge.
St. Blaise, Mother Seton, and Meeting Jesus in Our Physical Ailments
Mother Seton was no stranger to illness and suffering within her family. By her example and through St. Blaise’s intercession, we can place our family’s health in the Lord’s hands, confident that He will bind up our wounds.
Embracing the Tears and Joys of Motherhood with Mary of Nazareth and Elizabeth Ann Seton
When the Holy Family presented the infant Jesus at the temple, Mary learned that her soul would one day be pierced by a sword. Like the Blessed Mother, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s faith-filled devotion helped carry her through the pains and trials of motherhood, and can inspire us today.
Don Bosco and Mother Seton: The Great Christian Educators
St. John Bosco and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton presented lessons of love and gentleness to the most vulnerable of children. Their gentle instruction inspired their respective countries through the many thousands of pupils who would be taught by the communities they founded.
The Ever-Burning Center: Mary Ward and Mother Seton
Venerable Mary Ward and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton forged new communities of women religious devoted to apostolic action that drew their strength from prayer and the divine love of Jesus.
What Aquinas the Student Taught Elizabeth Ann Seton the Teacher
Even though St. Elizabeth Ann Seton spent much of her adult life educating and instructing others in the Catholic faith, she never stopped being a student herself. Her own education in the faith can be traced back to the iconic saint and student, St. Thomas Aquinas.
Christ, Healer of Wounds: The Witness of St. Angela Merici and Mother Seton
Angela Merici and Elizabeth Ann Seton both suffered deeply. But because these saints allowed Christ into the deepest, darkest places of their hearts, their losses and pain became for them and for us almost unthinkable graces.
Mother Seton and St. Paul Show Us a 4-Fold Path to Change
The conversions of Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton may seem exceptional, but each of us, in our own life, can experience the same grace by opening our heart when Christ calls.
For Mother Seton and St. Francis de Sales, There Are No Ordinary Virtues
Often the greatest saints practice the smallest and most simple virtues. Inspired by the spiritual writings of Francis de Sales, the saint of everyday holiness, Mother Seton put his teachings into practice as she treaded forward on her own path to sainthood.
St. Marianne Cope and Mother Seton Teach Us To See and Love
With St. Marianne Cope and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as our guides and intercessors, let us ask ourselves: Who does God want me to see and love today?
The Ecstasy of the Saints: Mother Seton and Saint Vincent of Saragossa
Saints aren’t people who are in control. When faced with suffering, St. Vincent of Saragossa and Mother Seton responded by letting themselves be loved. They gave everything over to the One who loves us, who wants us unconditionally. And the fruit of such love is Ecstasy.
The Fearlessness of St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
In difficult times, Saint Agnes and Mother Seton were models of courage rooted in Christ. They show us that God doesn’t promise a life without suffering, but he does promise that when we turn to Him, He will help us bear our cross.
Bold Witnesses to Truth: Saint Sebastian and Mother Seton
Their circumstances couldn’t be more different, but St. Sebastian and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us—each in their own way—how to speak truth to power as disciples of Christ.
From Anthony in the Desert to Elizabeth on Wall Street: Saints Lead the Church
The lives of St. Anthony of Egypt and Mother Seton show us that even when saints work in obscurity, God will shine their light across space and time, to inspire the faithful on their journey to holiness.
Celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord Is a Chance to Say “Yes” Again to Him
John the Baptist and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton bore their challenges with total confidence in the infinite presence of God. I try to keep their examples in mind when the daily living of my faith feels daunting.
St. Angela of Foligno and Mother Seton: Are the Saints Superheroes or Just Like Us?
St. Augustine of Hippo famously said: “Every saint has a past.” No one starts their life as a saint; it is a journey towards the Lord. All we have to do is listen for His call. St. Angela of Foligno and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton had the courage to do just that.
Epiphany: The Wise Among Us Still Seek the Lord
Reflecting on the journey of the three wise men helped lead Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to the Catholic Church. The Feast of the Epiphany is a good time for us to ask: Where are we traveling? What are we seeking? What star will we follow?
Resting on the Rock of Christ with St. John Neumann and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. John Neumann and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us how to trust in God’s Will and make Christ the center of our lives even in a culture that runs counter to the Faith.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Windswept Life Bearing Seeds for the Future
When we consider Mother Seton’s legacy we can see how her faith in God grounded her life of service, and that heaven itself is seeded with her prayers for the help of others.
Mother Seton, Saint of the Incarnation
Something powerful always happens when divinity meets humanity. This is best exemplified in the Incarnation, when God took on human flesh, and we see this reflected when ordinary people rise to become saints. Mother Seton’s life speaks to this mystery, and by her example she leads us closer to the Incarnate Word.
Let Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Be Your Companion This Year
Looking for a role model to inspire your New Year’s resolutions? Who better than St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, America’s first native-born Saint, whose feast day falls on January 4. She overcame the same obstacles we struggle with in our own lives. A friend we can identify with is one we are more likely to emulate.
Christ is Born Within the Love of Family
The feast of the Holy Family reminds us of the priceless gift of a family. Christ came to earth within a family, and he can come to each of us today through the love and faith found in family life.
Lessons From My Christmas Conversion
We used to celebrate Christmas for forty days, a period symbolizing conversion. Mother Seton’s own life-changing Christmas experience prompts us to ask ourselves—did we open our hearts to the Christ child this year? Or did we lock the door of the inn?
Holy Innocents: Following St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Example to Build a Culture of Life
Encountering the massacre of the innocents so soon after the joy of Christmas Day is a shock. How should we respond to such massive injustice? Mother Seton showed us that we can transform the world, one person at a time, by responding with love when faced with suffering, without asking “why” or waiting for justice.
St. Stephen, First in a Line That Includes Mother Seton
In the lives of St. Stephen and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we see that authentic service to the poor is deeply rooted in love for God and His Truth.
Welcoming the Light of Christmas with Open Hearts and Gratitude
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s entire life testified to the meaning of the Incarnation. In Jesus’s vulnerability, He taught us to trust that all of God’s purposes redound to our good. In God’s gift of himself, He taught us how to freely give of ourselves to others.
Being Carried: The Marian Devotion of Saint Peter Canisius and Mother Seton
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Peter Canisius witnessed to the faith through their charitable actions and works of kindness—a strength they received from relying on the loving heart of Mary.
Our Longings Bring Us Closer to the Christ Child – and to Eternity
Christmas is joyous, but it’s also a time when the stresses and conflicts of family life can lead to bitterness. In such moments we should follow the example of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who knew that only by looking towards eternity can we attain peace here on earth.
An Advent Journey With Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Over four weeks, the Seton Seton will reflect on Mother Seton’s lifelong journey of Advent. Each week we’ll meditate upon how she walked the path each of us must walk and learn from her what it means to cry “Maranatha! Come, Lord!”
To Expect Nothing—and Everything: Advent with John of the Cross and Mother Seton
St. John of the Cross and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton teach us how to empty ourselves before God as we journey towards Christmas. Elizabeth’s barren womb, John the Baptist’s desert cry, the shepherd’s confusion, and Mary and Joseph in that cold stable—all of them point to the truth of Advent: the whole, poor world is waiting for Jesus to come.
The Virgin and the Wife: St. Lucy of Syracuse and Mother Seton
The lives of St. Lucy and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us how in the Church’s tradition, marriage and virginity illumine each other. Every single soul is called to an espousal with Christ, the Divine Bridegroom. And in the love of a man and a woman, Christ’s own love for the Church shines forth.
What Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Message Meant to Mother Seton — And What it Means for Us
At Guadalupe, our Blessed Mother’s personal relationship with the people of Mexico changed the world. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton discovered the same truth in her own life. When you remember that Jesus and Mary are your family, then truly, anything is possible.
Fulton Sheen and Elizabeth Ann Seton: The Church That Challenges
Venerable Fulton Sheen and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton were both passionately committed to the truth that the Church is God’s channel of grace to humanity. A grace born of much suffering, but overcome by love.
Immaculate Conception: In Advent, Find God’s Plan for You
As we see in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and in the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, we are each made for some purpose. Not for “nothing,” but decidedly for “something” in the grand scheme of the world and all of its intended Glory.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Witness of the ‘Church of Ambrose’
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton loved to quote Saint Ambrose, one of the four original Doctors of the Church. On his feast day, we pray that we might follow in his and Mother Seton’s footsteps in teaching the true faith to others — both in words, and in authentic lives of devotion and service.
Saint Nicholas and Mother Seton: The Gift of Generosity
Saint Nicholas was a fourth century bishop known for his gift-giving to the poor, which inspired the story of Santa Claus. It was the love of God that inspired both St. Nicholas and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to give generously and care for others throughout their lifetimes.
Stepping Out in Faith with St. Francis Xavier and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The examples of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Francis Xavier challenge us today. They were each unafraid to seek and preach the truth, despite what others might think or what it might cost them.
For Advent: Bringing Body and Soul to Christ
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s last words were “Be children of the Church.” Advent reminds us that belonging to the Mystical Body of Christ does not depend on our feelings; it depends on our orientation of heart; on where we bring and put our bodies; on a relationship with Christ that is intimate beyond imagining.
Dorothy Day and Elizabeth Ann Seton: New York Converts on Fire with the Love of Jesus
Mother Seton and Servant of God Dorothy Day were radical Christians whose good deeds flowed from lives steeped in prayer—the only thing that makes loving with the Heart of Jesus in the world possible.
The Miraculous Medal: Going to Mary with Mother Seton and St. Catherine Labouré
Mary holds for us many graces — we need only ask her for them with confidence and love.
Icons of Faith: Blessed Miguel Pro and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
In the images and mementos of Bl. Miguel Pro’s martyrdom and Mother Seton’s sacrificial life, we see everlasting signs of Christ’s incarnation in the Church and the world.
Making a Joyful Noise: St. Cecilia and Mother Seton
St. Cecilia and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, two great saints separated by many centuries, call us to contemplate the beauty of God’s love, the wonders of His Creation, and the powerful effect of beautiful music on our hearts, minds, and souls.
Imitating Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Maternal Heart
The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a day to reflect on the gift of maternity in all its forms, and to consider the example of Mother Seton, who stepped into the hard tasks of motherhood with courage and unswerving faith.
Making Jesus the King of Our Busy Lives
When we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, we proclaim with the Church that Jesus is the “King of the Universe.” Few understood this fact more intensely than Mother Seton. Do we allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives? Do we accept him as King in all things?
The Cry of the Heart: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Christ the King
As Americans, we instinctively resist any sort of absolute authority. How fitting then that it was by letting herself be ruled by Christ, the King, that Elizabeth Ann Seton—the first American-born saint—showed her fellow Americans where liberation must begin: in Him.
Towers of Grace: Mother Seton and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Our Lord, the supernatural architect of our lives, builds with blocks of grace.
The Beauty of Life: Elizabeth of Hungary and Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Elizabeth of Hungary and Mother Seton both looked at life with wonder and a willingness to be surprised. These saints knew that nothing happens that is not part of God’s plan, and that His plan is utterly good.
The Student is the Teacher’s Masterpiece: St. Albert the Great and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Teachers can’t expect to have a student as exceptional as St. Thomas Aquinas, but both Albertus Magnus and Mother Seton understood that every teacher can create “masterpieces” by forming students in Christ’s image.
Through Life’s Ups and Downs With Mother Cabrini and Mother Seton
Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Frances Xavier Cabrini is a saint whose life helps us to remember God’s perspective when we’re in the middle of setbacks and frustrations. No apparent failure is so devastating that He can’t bring good from it.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Virtues of Veterans
Veterans Day honors those who have served in the military, and is also the feast day of the soldier St. Martin of Tours. The virtues of obedience, humility and sacrifice, which are shared by soldiers and saints, were evident in the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who left hearth and home to do spiritual battle for the Kingdom of Christ.
In Troubled Times, Look to Leo the Great and Mother Seton
The saints who have gone before us show us how to live with the conflicts and turmoil of our times.
Can We Ever Pray Enough Prayers for the Dead?
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton knew the secret of God’s grace and generosity. She once wrote: “The greater my unworthiness, the more abundant His mercy.” Her words are a great consolation when we feel weak in the face of a world that needs us.
Growing in Humility with St. Charles Borromeo and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Humility consists in embracing God and his ways over the ways of the earth, no matter the cost.
St. Martin de Porres and Mother Seton Found New Families of Charity in Christ
St. Martin de Porres and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton experienced broken families and health crises throughout their lives and responded with radical charity, gathering Catholic communities to teach and heal.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Humble Nobility of All Souls Day
Before she became a foundress and a saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife, a mother, a teacher. On All Souls Day, her example reminds us of the dignity of the ordinary faithful who keep things going, bearing everyday witness to the power and value of a life in Christ.
The Saints Want Us to Be With Them
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, like so many other saints, took inspiration from the lives of those who came before her. For All Saints Day, why not copy the venerable practice of seeking out a patron saint to teach you throughout the next liturgical year?
Agony and Ecstasy: Blessed Chiara Badano and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Blessed Chiara Badano and Mother Seton each lived the Agony in the Garden, handing themselves over to God’s Providence, enduring all as Jesus had endured all. They show us that living a fully Christian life with joy is not just a pious dream. It’s an experience of heaven on earth.
The Zeal of the Saints: Simon, Jude, and Elizabeth Ann Seton
What binds Saints Simon and Jude together, aside from their common feast day, is the zealous abandonment embraced by every saint, including Elizabeth Ann Seton, who recognized that each of us is an “impossible cause” searching for God’s mercy.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as a Model of John Paul II’s “Feminine Genius”
St. John Paul II’s description of the beauty of authentic womanhood meets fulfillment in the life and work of Mother Seton.
Hitting Rock Bottom and Staying There: Jean de Brebeuf and Mother Seton
In situations of explosive uncertainty, we need to cling to the single thread that is God.
Finding Interior Peace with St. Teresa of Avila and Mother Seton
Feelings change, emotions rise and fall, but God remains our anchor. It’s that truth, as St. Teresa of Avila and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton knew, that brings us peace, no matter the storms that rage around us.
Learning to Love Mary Through the Miracle of Fatima and the Example of Mother Seton
The Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared to the children at Fatima and vindicated them with a triumphant miracle in the sky is the same Mary who comforted Elizabeth Seton through all the trials of her life. She is a Mother to us all.
Saint John XXIII, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the Strength of Goodness
The unshakable faith of Pope Saint John XXIII and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton flowed from their devotion to the “strength of goodness.” This devotion was inspired by the humble and outward-serving influences of people who left indelible marks on the young lives of these two great saints.
St. John Henry Newman and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Apostles of Friendship
Both St. John Henry Newman and Mother Seton were generous in their affection for many friends. In their lives we see how holiness and the natural virtue of friendship go hand-in-hand.
They Lived as They Died: The Marist Martyrs of Barcelona and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Whether it’s the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s or a time of bloodless martyrdom, Christians are called to witness to the Gospel. The Marist Martyrs show what it looks like in wartime; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton shows what it looks like in peace.
Embracing God’s Will with Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
In today’s world, we need God more than ever, and we need to unite our wills with His. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary reminds us that communion with God requires prayer. The Blessed Mother understood this, as did Mother Seton: ‘Make my heart like unto thine.’
Trusting in the Goodness of God With St. Faustina and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Faustina and Mother Seton inspire us to bring our little bits of good will to the small tasks before us, and trust that God can accomplish great things through them.
The Hallmarks of a Saint: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Francis of Assisi
At Mother Seton’s canonization, Pope Paul VI said “A Saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God.” Consider these four ways that St. Francis and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton embodied this standard in their own lives.
Surrender at the Speed of Light with St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The courage and boldness of St. Therese and Mother Seton, especially in the face of great suffering and agony, flowed from their willingness to throw themselves completely into the arms of the Father.
St. Jerome and Mother Seton Teach Us the Paradox of Christian Life
Probing the depths of our faith, we see that truth can be illuminated by some of the most confounding paradoxes.
Mother Seton and the Archangels — Helpers for All Seasons
The angels surround us, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton believed. God and his angelic servants are here to help us whenever we turn to them, in every season of life.
St. Vincent de Paul and Mother Seton: A Match Made in Heaven
St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton weren’t holy card or fairy-tale figures, but flesh and blood human beings who struggled with earthly dreams. Their lives suggest a way forward for all of us who suffer the tension between a comfortable life in the world and a life thrown open to Christ.
Learning to Follow with Padre Pio and Mother Seton
In Padre Pio and Elizabeth Ann Seton, we see the diversity of the saints, and how the drama of the human soul is expressed in many different ways. But what unites them is their “yes” to God, which unlocks the power of a true disciple of Christ.
St. Thomas of Villanova and Mother Seton: The Struggle to Do What You Should
St. Thomas of Villanova and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us that obedience is the path to great works, and humility is what makes all the other virtues possible.
Joseph of Cupertino and Elizabeth Seton Inspire us Toward Heavenly Goals
Through their lives of humility and service, Mother Seton and St. Joseph Cupertino encourage us as we face the day-to-day obstacles and trials of this world, on our way toward the next.
In Weakness, Strength: St. Hildegard of Bingen and Mother Seton
The lives of St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us the paradox of surrender—how fragile human vessels can become sudden and hopeful expressions of God’s own power.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Mother Seton suffered much during her life, from poverty and social hostility, to the deaths of many loved ones. She persevered and carried on her work, thanks to her faith and courage. But through it all, she always accepted her own weakness, knowing that the true source of her strength was the Crucified Christ.
The Pattern of Love: St. John Chrysostom and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Through the strength of their words and example, St. John Chrysostom and Mother Seton teach us the meaning of Christian charity: John through his powerful preaching and advocacy for the poor, Elizabeth through her spiritual writings and works of mercy.
Life Without Limit: Blessed Frederic Ozanam and Mother Seton
Elizabeth Ann Seton and Frederic Ozanam grounded their lives in the true freedom of Christ, who took what appeared on the outside to be lives of tragic brevity, and brought forth from them great works of charity that continue to flourish today.
Mother Seton Embraced the Gift of Mary
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton grew up longing for a mother’s love. Her own mother died when she was just three-years-old. So when Elizabeth entered the Catholic Church, God gave her his own mother, Mary. For the rest of her life, she clung to the Blessed Mother. And just as she urged her Sisters to sing Mary’s praises, she urges us to do the same.
All the Way Through the Darkness with Jesus: St. Teresa of Calcutta and Mother Seton
In their lives, Mother Teresa and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton experienced darkness that opened up the possibility of serving others in new ways, to bring the light of heaven to those in darkness on earth.
5 Things St. Gregory the Great and Mother Seton Had in Common
The wisdom of the Saints transcends time and place, as we see in the lives of St. Gregory the Great and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Separated by 1,200 years, each Saint lived in tumultuous times, balancing action and contemplation in ways that are relevant in any age.
Spiritual Motherhood: The Examples of St. Jeanne Jugan and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
God creates all women with a unique capacity for life-giving, nurturing love. Mother Seton and St. Jeanne Jugan show us how each woman expresses that gift in unique ways.
Saint for a New Nation: The Uncommon Docility of Elizabeth Ann Seton
Celebrating Mother Seton’s birthday on August 28th reminds us that God calls forth new saints in every place and in every age. He needs only what he needed at Nazareth, when Mary first said “yes”—a willing heart. For the United States, he found such a heart in Elizabeth Ann Seton.
St. Augustine and Mother Seton Dared to Ask—“Lord, Who Are You to Me?”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was a woman of great works, but she was also a mystic. Like Saint Augustine, her restlessness led her to open her heart fully to God, to ask the most essential questions about her very being, knowing that she could fully trust in His answers.
St. Monica and Mother Seton: Joined in Joyous Surrender
Letting go of fear and the desire to control our own lives leads to the true detachment and peace that mark the lives of Christ’s followers.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Louis IX: Christian Leaders
Despite the obvious differences of gender, social status, nationality and historical era, Elizabeth Ann Seton and King Louis IX of France shared a common vision based on faith. They modeled their lives on Love itself.
How the Queenship of Mary Helps Us To Understand Mother Seton’s Courage
We don’t like to put ourselves under the authority of another. For us, power is often synonymous with oppression. But in Christ, and in Our Lady, Mother Seton, and the saints, power exists in the framework of love. And when Love is what rules us, everything changes.
Mother Seton’s ‘Certain Hope’ in Mary, Assumed Into Heaven
The Church teaches that Mary’s Assumption anticipates the resurrection and is a sign of hope and comfort for us all. In her life, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton continually relied on this certain hope, in the sure knowledge of Mary’s presence in eternity, body and soul.
The Call, the Cross, the Crown: Mother Seton and Maximilian Kolbe
The Christian life asks of us devotion and suffering but promises to those who persevere the crown of eternal life.
Healing the American Family: Blessed Michael McGivney and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
At a time when America needs faithful fathers and devoted mothers, these two saintly Americans provide the models we need.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Made for Communion
Even in seasons of loneliness, we were made to live with and for others. God provides the means to serve him through a community.
The Holocaust Before the Holocaust: St. Edith Stein and Mother Seton
Mother Seton and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (also known as Edith Stein) witnessed to a way of living and dying modeled on the ultimate sacrifice Christ accomplished on the Cross.
Following the Master’s Plan: Saint Dominic and Mother Seton
Like many other great religious founders, St. Dominic and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton had no master plan. They simply opened their hearts to the certainty of Christ’s call, revealing itself through the signs of their times.
The Fervor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Transfiguration
The example of Peter during the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor warns us against taking easy roads to holiness, a lesson that Mother Seton embodied in her life. She always stayed on the narrow path, walking alongside Christ, all the way to heaven.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Vianney Remind Us That Jesus is Here, Alive in Our Hearts
Adoring Christ in the Eucharist with reverence and devotion leads us to love him more and to know his presence in our lives.
Where Grace Abounds: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels
Elizabeth Seton’s ordinary life reminds us that even without divine visions we can discover God’s abiding presence and grace in the everyday circumstances of life.
Mother Seton and St. Ignatius: Vastly Different; One in Christ
When we see ourselves in the light of eternity, we know that the pains and sorrows of this world are nothing compared with the glories of heaven.
Fully American, Fully Catholic: Blessed Solanus Casey and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
In the lives of Blessed Solanus Casey and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, we can see the seven characteristics of uniquely American saints.
Women of the Beatitudes: St. Martha and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Martha is counted as one of the blessed, despite her fears and anxieties, and difficulties in understanding her vocation. What she and Mother Seton teach us is that only in Christ’s call for our lives do we find true joy and consolation.
Rejoicing in the Lord Always With St. Titus Brandsma and Mother Seton
The martyr St. Titus Brandsma and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton each embodied St. Paul’s simple yet life-changing words: “Rejoice in the Lord always… Have no anxiety about anything.” Their absolute trust in God was the source of their peace and joy.
Giving Our Hearts to God with St. Anne and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Throughout their lives, St. Anne and Mother Seton had little idea of the glorious destiny God had in mind for them. They show us how to be faithful to God in all things, and to trust in his perfect plan for our lives.
Mothers First: St. Bridget and Mother Seton Remind Us That We Are All Called To Holiness
In a world that says “have it all,” St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are “mom-saint” role models who show us how trusting in God is the key to balancing marriage, family, and work.
Discovering the True Simplicity of Sainthood With St. Mary Magdalene and Mother Seton
In the lives of these two saints – one so modern, the other so ancient – the Church reminds us of what it means to be a saint: staying close to Christ.
Beyond Idolatry: Learning to Love with St. Bonaventure and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The great theologian St. Bonaventure understood, as Mother Seton did, that Christian faith is grounded in absolute trust in God’s love for us. And that it is the miraculous abundance of this assurance that spills over into our love of others.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton — Two Saints Guiding Us Through Hard Times
Faith is not free; it comes with a cost. But that cost seems small when compared with the immense riches of grace.
Saint Veronica and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Bearers of the Divine Image
These two great women show us that God can take the smallest and most humble act of love and transform it into “Veronica’s veil,” an imprint of his own divine charity and mercy.
Praying and Working with Saint Benedict and Mother Seton
Like Saint Benedict, the father of western monasticism, Mother Seton’s life was grounded in contemplation and action. She was a woman of prayer who put all of her energy into the work God called her towards, always trusting in Grace.
In His Presence and Love: Saint Maria Goretti and Mother Seton
Unthinkable suffering and injustice can leave us feeling defeated, angry, and near despair. St. Maria Goretti and Mother Seton show us that there is no darkness that is beyond God’s boundless love and forgiveness.
Saints of the Mountain: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Both literally and figuratively, mountains were the means by which Pier Giorgio Frassati and Elizabeth Ann Seton scaled the heights of holiness and service to God and neighbor.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the American Spirit
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton had a bold spirit, embraced new identities, made a home in hard circumstances, and left a giant legacy. She embodied many of the best virtues of being American.
The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive: Saint Irenaeus and Mother Seton
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Irenaeus suffered greatly in their lives and were deeply “acquainted with grief.” Instead of leading to despair, suffering made them fully alive to the beauty of the world and to the gift of God’s grace.
The Play of the Heart: Saint Josemaría Escrivá and Mother Seton
God does not call us to a life void of joy and light. God is found both when we pray and play. He makes His presence known in the daily tasks of ordinary life—something that both St. Josemaría Escrivá and Mother Seton understood.
Learning to Love with the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Mother Seton’s dedication to teaching, and her care for the poor and suffering, reflected the perfect maternal love of Mary, a love that we learn through devotion to her Immaculate Heart.
Following Mother Seton’s Path Into the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Devotion to the Sacred Heart teaches us that the way of the saints is not about an abstract ideal or rules for life, but about the unfathomable love of God, who we embrace—blood, sweat and all.
Saint John the Baptist, Mother Seton, and the Meaning of Birthdays
Everyone loves a birthday, but St. Elizabeth Ann Seton intuitively saw something the Catholic Church also uniquely sees: birthdays have a deep and powerful meaning.
Only the Brave Are Civil: St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, and Mother Seton
As politics in America becomes increasingly marked by division and rage, we should look to Sts. Thomas More, John Fisher, and Elizabeth Ann Seton as our patron saints of civility. They sought God’s peace in communities of faith, prepared for suffering, and offered it up when it came.
Into the Hands of God the Father with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Throughout her life, Mother Seton knew that we are never truly alone, even when life’s challenges are most daunting. Our Heavenly Father is always there for us—present, loving, merciful.
How Mother Seton Teaches Us About the Gift of God Himself
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton believed in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist even before she was fully received into the Church. Let us remember her witness during the Feast of Corpus Christi, as we approach the altar to receive the great gift of God himself.
St. Alice of Schaerbeek, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the Unfathomable Gift of the Eucharist
Along with Alice of Schaerbeek and Mother Seton, may we all fall to our knees and be moved toward greater appreciation for the gift of God Himself who comes to us in the Eucharist.
Saint Anthony and Mother Seton Show Us the Importance of the Little Things
Lost car keys or a feverish child might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but it’s in the small, everyday things that we find a multitude of ways to love.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Beloved Daughter and Woman of the Trinity
Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can rest in the community of love that is the Triune God. Mother Seton shows us how to immerse ourselves in the life of the Blessed Trinity as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
Crying Out to God With Saint Ephrem and Mother Seton
When we experience the anguish of violence in the world we can cry out to the Lord with Elizabeth and Ephrem, and let Him tenderly heal us.
On the Winds of Pentecost with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
At Pentecost, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church through imagery of divine wind and fire. For Mother Seton—and for Catholics today—it’s within the storms and wreckage of life that grace is encountered, and new paths are revealed.
Mother Seton and Charles Lwanga: Two Saints, One Spirit
The difference is great between the young African tribesman in Uganda and the religious foundress from New York City. But we are reminded of their similarities through their different gifts in the same Spirit and their different forms of service for the same Lord.
The Visitation and the Gift of Holy Friendship
In the Visitation, we see the Blessed Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth sharing the joyful news of the Incarnation. Their example shows us – as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton did throughout her life – that true friendship brings us closer to God.
Through the Lens of the Cross: Saint Joan of Arc and Mother Seton
Saint Joan of Arc and Mother Seton are two fiery souls with one shared devotion to Christ. Both unwilling to back down, they each offered all “in the ambit of that one ‘everlasting’ sign, the cross.”
Four Reasons Paul VI was the Perfect Pope to Canonize Elizabeth Ann Seton
When Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975, it was Pope Paul VI who declared to the world her sainthood. 43 years later, Paul VI was canonized a saint, joining Mother Seton in inspiring the world to live bold and authentic Catholic lives.
Saint Philip Neri and Mother Seton: Feathers on the Breath of God
Both St. Philip Neri and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton joyfully allowed the winds of the Holy Spirit to lead them wherever He desired. They each followed the path set for them by God, until they reached their crowning glory in Heaven with Him forever.
The Ascension: What Mother Seton Found in the Sky
What does the Ascension of the Lord mean for the world and for our own lives? The answer can be found in the faith journey of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who kept her gaze firmly fixed on Jesus, through time and eternity.
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi and Mother Seton Show Us That Everyone Can Be a Saint
The lives of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton remind us that no matter how ordinary or extraordinary our lives might be, there isn’t only one way to please God.
Living in Christ’s Wounds with Saint Rita of Cascia and Mother Seton
Saint Rita of Cascia and Mother Seton both experienced tragedy and loss in their lives. Each saint found salvation in God’s love by uniting their suffering to the wounds of Christ.
Witnesses to the Freedom of Christ: Mother Seton and St. Cristóbal and Companions
All in their own ways, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Cristóbal and Companions were witnesses to the religious freedom that flows from the Cross ofChrist.
All Shall Be Well With Julian of Norwich and Mother Seton
St. Julian of Norwich and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton share the mystic’s confidence that “all shall be well” if we trust in God. These things that we suffer and fear – pain, death, illness, loss, and strife – Jesus has already overcome. We suffer in the world, but He has conquered the world.
Embracing the Certainty of Easter with Saint Damien and Mother Seton
When my fears threaten to overtake me, I look for courage to the lives of the saints, who embraced the certainty of new life in the risen Christ, who lives among us still in the Eucharist, and in the Church.