St. Isabel of France

She was born into royalty, the daughter of a king, the sister of a ing, and the cousin of a king.
Yet Isabel of France chose to live a decidedly unroyal life. She refused offers to marry. She chose to live simply, fasting three times a week, and sending her dinner to the poor. She cared for the sick.
After the death of her mother, Queen Blanche, Isabel founded a covent of the Order of St. Clare, which was named the Franciscan Monastery of the Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Isabel died on this day in 1270.

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Isabel’s brother was King Louis IX of France, who is also a saint.

Orthodox Lent begins today.

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