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From bread to roses

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Feast Day: November 17

Elizabeth was born in 1207, and was the daughter of King Andrew of Hungary. At 13, she married Prince Ludwig of Thuringa. Her family opposed her works of charity, but she was determined to follow Christ. Once, while she was taking food to the poor, Prince Ludwig stopped her to see what she was hiding. Miraculously, the food she was hiding turned into roses.

After Prince Ludwig’s death, Elizabeth sold everything she had in order to support her children. 

Despite her family’s oppositions, Elizabeth helped the poor. She was known for her gifts of bread and grain to Germany, making her the patron saint of bakers. 

Because of her tenderness to the sick, she is also the patron saint of nursing homes.