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Regina M. Bechtle S.C.


Elizabeth Seton made her suffering into hope. She believed in God even when she could not sense his presence and believed that Jesus’s suffering was reflected in her own. With the latter realization, “her life became the channel for God’s life.” She drew strength from those she loved and particularly from the communion of faith that unites Christians. Hope was not just an emotion she felt; it was a virtue that she cultivated and chose to practice by placing herself in God’s hands. She kept the pain in her life in perspective with, as she put it, the “comparison of time and Eternity.” Finally, Elizabeth believed in the power of suffering to transform her.