Oil Dedicated to Blessed Sara Salkahazi (Martyr)
Teacher, bookbinder, milliner, journalist: this was the resume of Blessed Sara Salkahazi when she applied to join the Sisters of Social Service, a Hungarian religious society that today is also active in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines.
She studied to become a teacher. In the classroom, she learned through her students about the social problems of the poor. Which she publicized via newspaper articles. She became a member of the Christian Socialist Party and then worked as editor of that party’s newspaper, focusing on women’s social problems.
The Bishops of Slovakia then entrusted her with the organization of the National Girls’ Movement. She thus began giving leadership courses and publishing manuals. In addition, she wrote, edited and published a Catholic women’s journal. Managed a religious bookstore, supervised a shelter for the poor and taught.
In one year alone, she received 15 different assignments. From cooking to teaching at the Social Training Centre all of which exhausted her physically and spiritually. But Sára accepted these hardships and made up her mind to remain faithful to her calling for the sake of the One who called her. Her faithfulness paid off as she received permission to renew her vows some time later.