Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick and St. Elizabeth

Today is the day we traditionally celebrate the efforts of the "patron saint of the Irish" - St. Patrick. Let us not lose sight, however that 2009 marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the American Sisters of Charity by St. Elizabeth Seton in Emmitsburg, Md. This is a significant event both for the Sisters of Charity and for the American Catholic Church, since the Sisters of Charity were the first active congregation of women religious founded in the United States, as well as the largest community to serve our country and church during the entire antebellum period. She was also the first US-born woman to be canonized.

There are many ways Women of Wealth can serve our communities, our country, and our world. In last Saturday's post I mentioned two local women who saw a need, and created an organization to address it. As you celebrate your "inner Irish" today, think about what you can do to follow the example set by St. Elizabeth, and countless others in service to womenkind.

Perhaps the most compelling thought I'd like to leave you with today is one of outrage. Not the kind that is being unleashed at AIG because of recent bonus revelations, but rather, positive, meaningful, outrageous CHANGE. This is the message of St.Pat and St. Ann - be not afraid to think big - you may never know where your ideas and efforts may go!

Until next post, continue to believe, achieve, receive. SDG - JBHIV

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