St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Feed the Hungry
Feast Day November 17 (1207 to 1231)
St. Elizabeth was the daughter of the King of Hungary. She chose a life of penance, simplicity, and self-discipline when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe. At 14 she married Louis of Thuringia whom she deeply loved and they had 3 children. Under the spiritual directions of a Franciscan friar she led a life of prayer, sacrifice and service to the poor and sick. She wore simple clothing and would give bread to hundreds who came to her gate. Her husband died after six years of marriage and left her grief stricken. His family mistreated her and accused her of squandering the royal purse and threw her out of the palace. When her husband's allies returned from the Crusades, she was reinstated and her son was legal heir to the throne.
In 1228 she joined the Secular Franciscan Order and spend her life caring for the poor in a hospital which she founded in honor of St. Francis. She died at age 23, though very young she was very popular. She was canonized 4 years later. During her short life she showed great love to the poor and suffering and as a result she became the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order.