July 4 – Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

They married the poor girl to King Dennis of Portugal when she was only 12 years old. At first the king liked her, but then began to mistreat her and to have all kinds of scandals. Even after everything, they had two children. Elizabeth took everything patiently and without bitterness. Little by little, the king was converted; he regretted all his sins and lived his life showing respect and love for Elizabeth. They lived together 32 years. The queen was known for her kindness and attentiveness to the poor. She was the reconciler within her family members and between nations. 

Are you the strength for reconciliation for your family’s, work’s or community’s tensions?


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