Thursday 8 November 2012

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Elizabeth of the Trinity (July 18, 1880 – November 9, 1906) was a French Carmelite and religious writer.  She entered the Dijon Carmel on August 2, 1901. As a young nun she said, "I find Him everywhere while doing the wash as well as while praying." Her time in the Carmel had some high times as well as some very low times. Today, we know about how she felt and her experiences from her writings. She would often write when she felt she needed a richer understanding of God’s great love.

At the end of Elizabeth’s life, she began to call herself Laudem Gloriæ which can be translated as praise of glory. She once said, "I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great inner silence which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself."

Elizabeth died at the age of 26 from Addison's disease, which in the early 20th century had no treatment. Even though her death was unbearable, Elizabeth still accepted that God gave her that gift and was grateful. Her last words were, "I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!"

Elizabeth was beatified on November 25, 1984 and her memorial day is November 8. Her best-known prayer is "Holy Trinity Whom I Adore” which she wrote out of her love of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity is a patron of illness, sick people and loss of parents.


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