Before the King

Elizabeth HungaryA beautiful incident may be found in the life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. While yet a child at the court of Thuringia, she was accustomed to go to church with her future sister-in-law.  They were both dressed in the same manner, and wore diamond crowns.  Sophia, the queen-mother, observed that as the two princisses entered the church, Elizabeth took off her crown.  She asked why she did so.

“Because,” answered she with simplicity, ” I cannot appear with diamonds upon my head where I see Jesus crowned with thorns.” —The Liguorian, Vol. XIL, No. 9, September, 1924