The Holy Trinity created us in its image, according to the eternal design that is possessed in its bosom before the world was created.

[…] God wills that, freed from ourselves, we should stretch out our arms towards our exemplar and possess it, rising above all things towards our model.

This contemplation opens the soul to unexpected horizons.

In a certain manner it possesses the crown towards which it aspires; “the immense riches that God possesses by nature, we may possess by virtue of love, by His dwelling in us and by our dwelling in Him.

It is by virtue of this immense love that we are drawn into the depths of the intimate sanctuary where God imprints in us a true image of His majesty.

[…] “Be holy for I am holy.”  It is the Lord who speaks.

Whatever may be our way of life or the clothing we wear, each of us must be the holy one of God.

Who then is “the most holy?”  The one who is most loving, who gazes longest on God and who most fully satisfies the desires of His gaze.

How do we satisfy the desires of God’s gaze but by remaining simply and lovingly turned towards Him so that He may reflect His own image as the sun is reflected though a pure crystal.

“Let us make man in our own image and likeness.” Such was the great desire in the Heart of our God.

[…] When God sees that we are prepared to receive His grace, His generous goodness is ready to give us the gift that will give us His likeness.

Our aptitude for receiving His grace depends on the inner integrity with which we move towards Him

And then God, “bringing us His gifts,” can give Himself, imprint on us His likeness, forgive and free us.

[…]  The image of God imprinted in the soul is formed by reason, memory, and will.

[…] Now, this is not fully realized unless the intellect is completely enlightened by knowledge of God, the will captivated by the love of the supreme good, and the memory fully absorbed in contemplation and enjoyment of eternal happiness.

And as the glory of the blessed is nothing else than the perfect possession of this state, it is obvious that the initial possession of thee blessings constitutes perfection in this life.

To realize this ideal we must keep recollected within ourselves, remain silently in God’s presence, while the soul immerse itself, expands, becomes enkindled and melts in Him, with an unlimited fullness.

Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906); Heaven In Faith, 22-25, from Complete Works,  Volume I, ICS Publications, quoted on Praise of Glory.