St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, whose feast is today, January 4, is worth paying attention to. Born (1774) and married (1794) into the upper strata of New York society, she was a devout Episcopalian, devoted parent, and dedicated helper of the poor. Widowed in 1803 and received into the Catholic Church in 1805, she endured anti-Catholic prejudice of her day and discovered her vocation to serve the education of the poor, establishing a religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity. She is generally credited with laying the foundations for the Catholic school system in the United States.
Today’s gift: Ten Lords A-Leaping. So now we have male dancers joining the ballerinas of yesterday. This is getting interesting.