Christmas, Day 11, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


 Nativity, Lu Hongnian, shamelessly pinched from J.R.'s Art Place

If I were following my meditation theme for this Christmas season, I'd have posted the annunciation to shepherds scene below instead (same artist, shamelessly pinched from here). Indeed, that was what was planned until I saw the nativity scene above yesterday and was completely charmed by it --especially the shepherds. 

So today you get a two-fer.  

Today is also the 200th anniversary of the passing of the first American-Born Saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.  The Seton Shrine is doing virtual tours today and tomorrow.  Elizabeth Scalia suggests you let St. Elizabeth Ann Seton be your friend this year. And Pope Paul VI said at her canonization:

Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage!