St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Her First Confession

The words of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on the day of her first Confession are very appropriate: “How awful are those words of unloosing after a thirty years’ bondage! I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St. Peter at the touch of the Divine Messenger. My God! What new scenes for my soul!”

The Last Days of Mother Seton

On January 4 we celebrate the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and recall the wisdom and heroism of her last days. During the last years of her life, Mother Seton had been ill a number of times and often referred to her body as an old carriage. She wrote to one of her friends, “Three wheels of the old carriage are broken down, the fourth very near gone; then with the wings of a dove will my soul fly and be at rest.”