Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr

Ninety-eight years ago yesterday,  Elizabeth Feodorovna,  Grand Duchess of Russia,  sister of Alexandra, the last Empress was hurled into a mine shaft by the Bolsheviks.  Elizabeth Pray for us.

Saint Elizabeth Romonova

Elizabeth,  the New Martyr  (July 7, 1918)

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Jobs lead to God?

Meister Eckhart

                                         Meister Eckhart                                           1260 – 1328

Eckhart says, “If one were in [a state of mystical] ecstasy, even if it were as high as that of Paul, and knew that beside him there was an infirm man who needed a bowl of soup from him, it would be better for him to abandon his ecstasy and serve the needy man.” And this is not just a momentary concession. “We are brought forth into time,” wrote Eckhardt, “in order that our sensible worldly occupations may lead us nearer and make us like unto God.” Thus “One can gather nettles and still stand in union with God.”

Chris Armstrong – Grateful to the Dead: a Church Historian’s Playground (blog)