Feast of Elizabeth Ann Seton

It's my name day! And yes, I am an Elizabeth Ann. I used to rather dislike the name "Elizabeth"--my maiden name is Grzymala and that made me "Liz Griz." Even worse were those who insisted on "Lizzer." But now, I've come to appreciate my name. (It helps to pair "Foss" with it.) I'm actually more devoted to St. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, the barren woman who became the joyful mother. But I've grown rather fond of Mother Seton and she is the saint for whom I was named.

What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. I know what is his will by those who direct me; whatever they bid me do, if it is ever so small in itself, is the will of God for me. Then, do it in the manner he wills it.

-Elizabeth Ann Seton