On this lovely feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Baley Seton, I would like to offer a movie review.
A Time for Miracles is the story of our first native-born American Saint, who was a convert from the Episcopal Church….a married woman, mother of five, and widow. (I have a special affection for married saints, since there are so few, and I think marriage should be more highly esteemed as a path to holiness.)
However, back to the movie. This movie was produced for television shortly after Elizabeth was canonized on September 14, 1975. Kate Mulgrew, an excellent actress who happens to be Catholic, played the title role. Included, are scenes from the actual canonization ceremony.
I was impressed by the quality of this movie, its faithfulness to her life story, and its reverence for Catholicism…especially for the Most Blessed Sacrament, to which Elizabeth was irresistibly drawn. It was her deep love for the Holy Eucharist which was the impetus of her conversion. This choice caused her much suffering in anti-Catholic New England, and she and her children were virtually abandoned by extended family and friends. A woman of great courage, Elizabeth continued undaunted in her new Faith, even though she and her children had to live in poverty.
But God had great plans for this beloved daughter of His, and she soon was chosen to found the first Catholic school in the United States, and eventually, the American branch of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
After years of hard work, and losing two of her precious children to illness, Elizabeth died in her forties of tuberculosis.. She is a most lovable Saint, always patient and kind to both her children, and the young women who came to join the Order.
If you have never seen this movie, I highly recommend it. Most of all, I encourage everyone to get to know this wonderful Saint, who suffered so much during her short life, but whose love for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament consumed her heart, and brought her to ecstasy in His Presence.
Yes, my soul, the moment approaches, the supreme moment of my life; our King comes; our merciful , compassionate Jesus, the King of Glory, the God or our hearts and our portion forever. He comes not with His thousand thousands attending, but in sweet gentle smiles of peace. He waits in silence at our door; no pomp of majesty presses round Him, but clothed in the humble veils of His love, He seeks only the repose of a pure and faithful heart. “Give Me, your heart, My child,” He says, “it is all I ask.” My King, my God, enter in mine, humble, poor, indeed, but earnestly desirous of pleasing You.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
For a truly beautiful, biographical article on St. Elizabeth Seton, visit Vultus Christi.