Elizabeth of the Trinity: “He Imparts Eternal Life To Me” Wednesday, Nov 25 2009 

Her first retreat after her profession established her in this state of soul: the way of faith, obscure, yet luminous, because she clearly realized the love of God.

He was her light, enlightening her in the darkness of her night, so that she blessed the Lord at all times.

God appeared to wish to recompense her generous fidelity during this retreat, for she was overwhelmed with graces too sublime and substantial to be described, so that when Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity gave an account of her dispositions, she raised her lustrous eyes to her Prioress, and could only say: “He imparts eternal life to me.”

… After this retreat, her prayer seemed still more simple. “We must keep our eyes on Him,” she said, speaking of the Divine Master; “we must be silent; it is so simple!”

This was her one rule. If a novena was to be made, a feast to be prepared for, when she was asked what she was going to do, she always answered: “I am going to be silent, so that He may flow into me.”

…Sometimes, however, she felt very doubtful whether she ought to be constantly passive; ought she not to act more during prayer ?

Her peace, disturbed for the moment, was always restored to her by Him Who wished her to be thus recollected under His direct and continuous action.

One day, during the “Forty Hours,” Elizabeth, after listening to her companions urging one another to make reparation, felt rather sorry, as she began her prayer, at not being able to act in the same way; but she had hardly prostrated herself to adore our Lord, when He enveloped her with a luminous and peace-giving radiance.

It was suddenly revealed to her that the obstacle created by sin against God’s diffusing Himself into the souls of men was one of the things which most deeply wounded the Divine Heart, and that to console Him and to make reparation for such an outrage, she must let herself be taken possession of by God, giving full liberty to His grace and love to act within her.

Now that her form of prayer was divinely approved, it became more and more her habitual state of soul

Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906); as recounted in The Praise of Glory: Reminiscences of Elizabeth of the Trinity by A Carmelite Nun of Dijon, pp. 110-111.

Elizabeth of the Trinity: We Have Our Heaven Within Us Sunday, Nov 22 2009 

My dear Mother, offer a few of your prayers for the little “House of God” [the name Elizabeth means House of God], that it may be completely filled by the Three”. I have entered into the soul of my Christ, where I am about to spend my Lent.

Ask Him to grant that I may live no more, but that He may live in me; that my union with Him may be closer every day, that I may fix my gaze upon the great Vision.

I think that is the secret of sanctity, and it is so simple. Only to think that we have our heaven within us, the heaven for which I sometimes feel so homesick!

What joy when the veil is drawn aside at last and we are face to face with Him Whom alone we love! Meanwhile I live in love, I plunge into it, and lose myself; it is infinite, the infinity for which my soul is thirsting.

…My life can be summed up in one word…It might be inscribed upon every moment of my time. It was St. Paul’s life, too: “for His exceeding charity”. Whatever happens to me is a message or an assurance of the exceeding love of God. I cannot live my life apart from that.

I believe that to reach the ideal life of the soul we must live in the supernatural, must realize that God dwells within the depths of our soul, and do all things with Him.

Then nothing can be trivial, however commonplace in itself, for we do not live in, but above, such things. A supernatural soul does not deal with secondary causes, but solely with God.

“God…for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us” (Eph. ii. 4). How this simplifies our view of life! It resembles the existence of the blessed spirits, and the soul is freed from self and from all else.

All things are comprised in the one, and in the one thing necessary of which the Divine Master spoke to Magdalen. We become really great and free, for our will “is enclosed in the will of God”, as a mystic writer says.

Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906); quoted in The Praise of Glory: Reminiscences of Elizabeth of the Trinity by A Carmelite Nun of Dijon, pp. 90-91.

Elizabeth of the Trinity: “Remain in Me” Friday, Nov 6 2009 

“Remain in Me” (Jn. 15:4). It is the Word of God who gives this order, expresses this wish.

Remain with Me, not for a few moments, a few hours which must pass away, but “remain…” permanently, habitually, Remain in Me, pray in Me, adore in Me, love in Me, suffer in Me, work and act in Me.

Remain in Me so that you may be able to encounter anyone or anything; penetrate further still into these depths.

This is truly the “solitude into which God wants to allure the soul that He may speak to it,” as the prophet sang (Hos. 2:14).

In order to understand this very mysterious saying, we must not, so to speak, stop at the surface, but enter ever deeper in the divine Being through recollection.

“I pursue my course,” exclaimed St Paul; so must we descend daily this pathway of the Abyss which is God; let us slide down this slope in wholly loving confidence.

“Abyss calls to abyss” (Ps. 41:8). It is there in the very depths that the divine impact takes place, where the Abyss of our nothingness encounters the Abyss of mercy, the immensity of the all of God.

There we will find the strength to die to ourselves and, losing all vestige of self, we will be changed into love…. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord” (Ap. 14:13).

Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906): The Complete Works, Volume One, translated by Sr Aletheia Kane OCD (ICS Publications), pp. 94-5.

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