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10. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elizabeth was the first American-born saint. Born in New York City in 1774 as the American Revolution was in its first stages, she married a doctor, and soon enough the two of them had gathered a large family of orphans along with their own children. After the death of her husband, she founded a religious order to educate underprivileged children. Elizabeth had a heart for all children and felt motherly concern for even those outside her own family. She took great comfort from the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary and tried to follow her example. Today, children continue to be educated by the order of religious sisters founded by Mother Seton, showing that the simple act of mothering can change the world. Her best parenting tip: You never know who you might meet in need of some motherly comfort.

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