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19 November 2019

A Life in Pursuit of Saint Elisabeth

I wonder, how a Belgian couple could find the home of people with disabilities in a remote village along the river Ipoly, to then spend decades helping the residents of the shelter. How endlessly strong staff members of Karitasz are, to visit with an open heart daily and for decades, villages, bringing basic supplies to those in need? At the awards ceremony of the Rose of Saint Elisabeth, the life of the award winners demonstrated that giving is an inexhaustible source of strength. “It is impossible that those truly filled with benevolence should not find people in need, people who await them personally, and should not find their own “addresses”, I quoted the thought of poet János Pilinszky in my welcome in the National Theatre. The Prize established by the Hungarian Catholic Bishop’s Conference was now awarded for the twentieth time. Over the past two decades, a lot of people were awarded the Rose. People, who share with Saint Elisabeth their compassion, as well as their vocation of serving the poor. We must be grateful that there are so many benevolent people among us, who work selflessly.