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Anne Harvey S.C.


This commentary on Elizabeth Seton’s spirituality is also Anne Harvey’s personal reflection on what that spirituality has to teach her, especially with regard to two of her own experiences. The reader is invited to make a similar reflection. Elizabeth believed that God was present and working his will in every event and relationship. He also worked his will in her responses to events, and he offered eternal life through these events, relationships, and responses. She viewed eternity as “fullness of life and communion with God.” Three elements were essential to her spirituality: daily prayer, the writing of letters or journals, and her love of the Eucharist. Harvey also notes specifically feminine aspects of Elizabeth’s spirituality.