The Word Among Us

November 2005 Issue

Two Tables, One Banquet

The spiritual odyssey of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

By: Louise Perrotta

One day around 1780, an Episcopalian stepmother opened her King James Bible and introduced her stepdaughter to Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . ." Though the two were not close and the woman was preoccupied with many cares, the moment was extraordinarily significant.

Charlotte Bayley would have been astonished to learn that she was sparking a deep love of God's word in six-year-old Elizabeth. The child...

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