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Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for Newtown Connecticut

December 14, 2012 by  
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Elizabeth Ann Seton
Patron saint of children tragically lost,
pray for Newtown Connecticut and for us!

Elizabeth Seton Pray for Newtown Connecticut

Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States and founded the first parochial school in the US.  She was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley in New York City, on August 28th, 1774, two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, of prominent and devout Episcopalian parents.  She died on January 4th, 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Married in 1794, Elizabeth Ann Seton's husband died in Pisa in 1803 of tuberculosis leaving her bankrupt and with five children.  She first began to see the beauty of the Catholic faith on this trip to Italy and was eventually received into the Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday 1805 in New York.  A new community for teaching poor children was formed in 1809 and the rule approved in 1812.  Despite the fact that she had to care for her own children, and against her wishes, she was elected superior of the new order, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. Her grandson and cousin of Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley (first bishop of Newark and founder of Seton Hall University), Archbishop Robert John Seton (first person in the USA to be honored with the Roman Prelatura and made dean of all the monsignori in the US), wrote a memoir of Elizabeth Seton. She died at the age of 46 of tuberculosis.

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  • Marg

    My heart aches for all in Newtown. Such a sad day! why? so how do you answer this and many more cases like       this to believers when they ask as I do to,      an all powerful God?   why let things like this happen?  God doesn’t stop these things as he gives us a free will but when one persons action can destroy many innocent God is all powerful and it makes you ask why God! my prayers for all in Newton! I pray that these families are able to turn to you Lord an know that you are there for them. 

    • $19933969

      “From the depths I have cried out to you, O Lord;

      Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive

      to the voice of my supplication.

      If you, Lord, were to mark iniquities, who, O Lord, shall stand?

      But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. I trust in the Lord;

      My soul trusts in his word.

      My soul waits for the Lord,

      more than watchmen wait for the dawn. More than watchmen wait for the dawn, let Israel hope in the Lord.

      For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

      And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”

      Psalm 130

      • Marg

        thank you Jan, I agree we certainly have an all forgiving God,Amen Amen. Gods word sheds a whole different perspective. As humans it is difficult to have a forgiving heart when innocent lives are taken. I know God calls us to forgive. I like the saying Life hurts and God heals! I do trust and believe that God hears our prayers so I’ll contiue praying for all the families and loved ones. I’m a firm believer in prayer!

  • $15034217

    Yes, please pray for all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy, and pray for all those beautiful children who are aborated daily. Children yesterday were killed by the gun, but everyday children’s lives are killed by knives. So very very sad.

    • LizEst

      Indeed. Yes, what Obama said yesterday (December 14, 2012) is equally applicable to those who are aborted daily, “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

      • Liz – I had the exact same reaction. 5 years and 6 months prior to this horrific event, President Obama would be just fine with each of those children being torn limb from limb within their mother’s wombs. The world is INSANE.

        • LizEst

          I am hoping pro-life will be quoting that back to him in January.

      • $19933969

        Liz and Dan – Yesterday when I heard about this tragedy I was at work. One of our customers was stating while she didn’t “like” Mr. Obama, she was touched when he started crying while speaking of this. I felt a flash of anger and said “when he can express sorrow for all of the millions of children he is facilitating being murdered inside of their own mothers’ wombs THEN I may believe his sorrow is genuine”. Yet perhaps his sorrow IS genuine for this Conn. tragedy. I have heard and believe that a lot of people who support the murdering of innocent children inside their mothers’ wombs, or in Mr. Obama’s case, infanticide (when he failed to support / opposed a law protecting survivors of abortion) do not view the unborn child as a human being. Realizing this may help somewhat in our discussions with people who do support the murder of unborn children – try to help them see this little one IS a precious human being, a precious child of God. This is one reason why those Precious Feet pins and jewelry produced by Heritage House as well as the lovely soft touch fetal models are such helpful and non-threatening educational tools.

        Meanwhile, praying for the tragic loss of lives in Connecticut and for the grieving family and friends. Jesus shed your tender mercy upon all affected. Jesus, we trust that you will bring a much greater good from this horrible evil. Jesus, we trust in you.

        • LizEst

          Yes, I do believe his sorrow is genuine for those massacred in the Connecticut debacle. While there is a certain section of the population that grew up when folks were told unborn children were not human beings, he is not of that generation. I also think he is way too smart not to know that unborn children are human beings.

          It’s not unlike what Camille Paglia said in “Salon” Magazine a few years ago (words to this effect [I do have the exact quote and issue citation but have to look that up]): I know they are human beings but I still want the right to kill them.

          • Sorrow genuine – yes. Insane – yes.

          • $19933969

             Insanity – as in being out of touch with reality – that reality being that we are creatures and God is our Creator to whom we owe love and obedience. So we see increased insanity all around us as the world seemingly grows darker from the insanity of not recognizing God as the Author and Arbiter of all life.

          • Becky Ward

            The darker the night sky….the more brightly shine the stars!

            Where evil abounds, grace abounds more!

            God has allowed it. There is something about facing adversity and persecution that forces us to THINK about what we are doing…….and hopefully change our ways.

            United in prayer………..

          • $19933969

             Liz I found myself feeling great anguish while watching the testimonies and pictures of those involved in this tragedy. How much anguish do I feel daily though as thousands are being killed every day in our country alone? My fear is that as abortion marches on – 40 years now since the legalization of Roe v Wade – the abortionists and people who “approve” of abortion aren’t the only ones numbed to the tragedy of abortion.


    Pray for the children, their families, Newtown and the gunman and his family. Such a tragedy.

  • LizEst

    Have mercy, Lord, have mercy!

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine
    upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  • Sharon Burnside-Hosmer

    Praying the rosary daily for everyone in Newton, CT. I am also asking Blessed Mother Mary to keep them all in her Immaculate Heart.  

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