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The Eleventh Day Of Christmas – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Eleven Pipers Piping, and Flautas

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“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eleven pipers piping.” – Frederic Austin

Have you ever read the story of the pied piper?

A man with a magic pipe charms rats into following his beautiful music, leading them away from a small German town. After diminishing the town’s rat infestation, the townsfolk withhold the piper’s payment. He then punishes their greed using the power of his pipe to guide their children out of town.

Like the music of the pied piper, religion powerfully influences its followers. Compare the fictional pied piper to a real-life character named St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who led many women to Christ by creating the first female religious community in the 18th century. She used religion to positively impact the lives of the poor, women, and widows, whereas; the pied piper used his music to negatively impact the stingy.

While we draw morals from both of their stories, perhaps the most important lesson we learn is to be careful who or what we follow.

The 11 pipers piping symbolize the eleven faithful apostles (excluding the misled Jesus). The disciples, impacted by the profound shepherding of Christ, later used all they learned to make even more disciples.

As I observe the eleventh day of Christmas by eating flautas resembling a musical pipe, I recollect the wise and foolish leaders in my past. I pray for God’s guidance and leadership to reign supreme in my life. I pray He will send wise earthly leaders to direct my path, and I pray that He will make me like the disciples or St. Elizabeth Ann Sutton, using my gifts to point others toward His love. I then praise God that even a simple flauta can be used as a symbol to remind me of His perfect guidance.

Photo by: Brodie Porterfield

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