“We beheld in Isabel a mirror of innocence, and at the same time an admirable model of penance, a lily of purity, a fragrant rose of patience and self-renunciation, and endless fountain of goodness and mercy,” wrote one of the court ladies.

Saint Isabel, pray for us and ask God to make our lives holy, that others may notice we are different. Intercede for us to resist the temptation of seeking the approval of people, so that we may care only to have God’s approval. Then shut our ears to viewpoints that would hold us back from growing as fast as we can spiritually. Amen!