It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord. (2 Mc 7:1,20-31)
The story of the mother and her seven sons is another example of faithfulness in the face of death. Saint Elizabeth was an early follower of Saint Francis of Assisi. She is considered the founder of the Third Order of Saint Francis.