Let us pray with Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
ActiveLet's ask Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity to help us share in the Joy of the Holy Trinity by becoming a “Temple of God ”.
“With Elizabeth of the Trinity, a new light shines for us, a new guiding light, true and faithful, is now present in our world so filled with falsehood, darkness and doubt.”
- Saint John-Paul II, 11/25/1984.
Short biography of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elizabeth Catez was born on July 18, 1880 on the Military base of Avord, neat Bourges, France, where her father was posted. She was baptized on July 22, 1880. The Catez Family settled in the city of Dijon when Elizabeth turned 2 years old. Elizabeth was an irascible young girl prone to temper tantrums. She first experienced suffering through grieving for her grandfather who died on January 24, 1887, when she was seven years old, then again experienced sadness when her father who passed away in her arms suffered a heart attack on October 2, of the same year. Elizabeth followed the example of her spiritual sister, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) who entered the Carmel, on April 9th 1888. That same summer, precociously like Thérèse of Lisieux, Elizabeth had the intuition of her vocation and declared her intention to enter the Carmel. Struck by the then incurable Addison disease, she suffered a nine-month agony and died at the age of 26, on November 9, 1906. On the eve of her entering the afterlife she said: “I am going to the realm of Light, Love, and Life.” Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity was beatified on November 25th 1984, by Pope John Paul II, and canonized on October 16, 2016 by Pope Francis.
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Prayer to the Blessed Trinity
O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your Mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action. O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You… even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to “clothe me with Yourself,” to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute Yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior. O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance. O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, “come upon me,” and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; “cover her with Your shadow,” seeing in her only the “Beloved in whom You are well pleased.” O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness. AMEN.
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