Pause + Pray

Seeing the ‘Motherly’ Face of God


Widowed at 29, Elizabeth Ann Seton raised her own five children and many of her husband’s siblings. Through conflicts, shortages, and insecurities, Mother Seton forged the first American Catholic schools. Two of her daughters died in adolescence; two sons were careless failures. She could laugh at her misfortunes and ask, “What’s a parent to do but pray and dote?”


God our Mother, you showed St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
how poverty and sorrow could be changed into “dearest friends.”
Give us, too, her creativity and endurance.


Contact a school in an urban area and ask: What do you need? What could I provide?

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