Isabel de Aragão

"INSPIRING WOMEN" series

Isabel de Aragão (Rainha Santa Isabel) - Evolutionary Woman


It is said that what has always moved this woman was charity: "God has given me a throne so that I can do charity."

I would call it altruism, love, dedication, service, and a lot of real presence.

The story of "our" Queen fascinated me always and continues to do it!

Reading more and more about this incredible woman, the more I know her and recognize these features in so many women and in myself.Features that are worth cultivating and which are an example of what a human being is when in devotion to the divine.

- Faithfulness to what he considered to be the truth

- Fateful for mysterious and magical destinies (she was born surrounded by a film that her mother kept in a silver box)

- Worked in the establishment of alliances and resolution of conflicts between other peninsular kingdoms

- She made several pacifying interventions between her husband and one of her sons ("This alone was a cause of peace." Isabel alone crossed the fields of Alvalade (or Lumiar or Loures) where they were already facing each other enemy armies. ")

- Despite many marital betrayals on the part of her husband, Isabel, she cares for him to death when he was sick

- She traveled to Santiago de Compostela twice (one of them on foot)

- She dedicated herself to works of charity and piety until she died.

- Image of the paradigm of the holy queens who do so by the virtues of piety, charity, mercy, humility, devotion, with practices of fasting, abstinence, frequent vigils and gifts to monasteries and churches.

- Legend of the Miracle of the Roses: bread that is turned into roses when she offered bread to the poor to the rebellion of her husband. Because she did not want to show what it was she wore in her dress, she said, "Saint Rose, Lord, roses!" and roses appeared instead of bread

- "The" legend of the hermit ", who comes to tell the queen that her daughter D. Constance, who had died in Castile, had suffered in purgatory and asked for her mother's intervention

- "The legend of Alvalade's mother," and the "legend of the appearance of the virgin": moments before dying, D. Isabel asked the daughter-in-law, Queen D. Beatriz, to give the lady in white robes, which no one but her could see. "

- The "legend of the waters of the Tagus that separate", in which the tradition of Santa Iria, that gave name to the city of Santarém, crosses with the biblical memory of the passage of the Red Sea: the waters of the Tagus open up so that D Isabel may go to the tomb of the virgin martyr that the sands kept at the bottom of the river "

- "The" Legend of the Queen ", a story of frustrated revenge, which may be approximated by a popular tradition of deception and trickery: it is by a providential deception that the queen's pagema, falsely accused before the king, saves herself from the vengeance of D Dinis and the cruel death that awaited him "

- "The legend of the laundress queen", which is inserted in the traditions linked to the supernatural or magical origin of the sources and brooks: the waters where the queen was washing the cloths of the hospital of Alenquer, now have curative powers "

- "The legend of the" leaping mausoleum ", which approaches the narratives of wonders and magical arts: touched by the staff that St. Elizabeth had brought from the pilgrimage to St. James of Compostela, the heavy stone tomb, which the waters of the Mondego threatened, jumped miraculously to a higher place "

- "The legend of the ceiling of the Santa Clara refectory": going down the heavy beams used in the construction of the room, miraculously return to their place, thus saving the worker who worked there.

Information taken from the text of M. Lourdes Cidraes, Isabel de Aragão, Queen Santa: from History to Myth, here.


And why did I want to tell you about this queen and the Elizabethan myth in Portugal?

Because Queen Elizabeth is still an inspiration to many women, to me. Because she gave herself to something greater than her navel, because she loved divinity in all the people she met, because she surrended to her spiritual practices just as she gave herself to life. She did not separate what was her day to day from her spiritual practices. Because she understood and lived love in a greater way than a selfish love centered on a single person. Because she was magic in her essence and her body, even after she died, exuded a floral scent.

And you, when you look at your eyes, in the mirror, what do you see?

Do you see a reflection of divinity and surrender to the divine in its different expressions or see defects and minor things?

What do you want to express through this body?

Love in a hug to service to the divine or centering on selfish acts and thoughts?

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NOTE: Documentary on RTP

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