Thought for the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Thought for the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Elizabeth Catez offers hope to any parent who struggles with a strong-willed child.   A holy terror as a toddler, she once embarrassed her mother by shouting out at Mass, “Bad priest! Bad priest! That’s my doll!”   The priest had secretly borrowed her doll to be used as the Christ Child in his creche.   But gradually Elizabeth channeled her willfulness into a determination to become a saint.

Elizabeth’s first communion and confirmation at age 10 touched her deeply without quelling her rambunctiousness.   But from that time she opened up to an interior prayer life that slowly matured into the infused contemplation of a mystic.   At 14 she felt drawn to choose Christ as her spouse.   Without hesitating she made a private vow of virginity. And having been intrigued by visits to the local Carmelite convent at Dijon, France, since childhood, she was determined to become a Carmelite.

Marie, her mother, was horrified at the thought.   She did all she could do to prevent it. She sent Elizabeth to parties in hopes that these might distract her and arranged for suitors to pursue her.   But she could not in the end resist her daughter’s strong will.   She gave up and allowed Elizabeth to enter the Dijon Carmel in 1901.

Appropriately, she took the name Elizabeth of the Trinity, for the focus of her life became her immersion in the Godhead, or rather the Trinity’s immersion in her.   This letter from Elizabeth to a friend typifies her spirituality:

I love to penetrate beyond the veil of the soul to this inner sanctuary where we live alone with God.   He wants us entirely to Himself and is making there within us a cherished solitude.   Listen to everything that is being sung . . . in His heart.   It is Love, the infinite love that envelops us and desires to give us a share . . . in all His blessedness.   The whole Blessed Trinity dwells in us, the whole of that mystery which will be our vision in heaven.  I am “Elizabeth of the Trinity”—Elizabeth disappearing, losing herself, allowing herself to be invaded by the Three…All day long let us surrender ourselves to Love, by doing the will of God, under His gaze, with Him, in Him, for Him alone. . . . And then, when evening comes, after a dialogue of love that has never stopped in our hearts, let us go to sleep still in love. And if we are aware of any faults, let us simply abandon them to Love, which is a consuming fire and so do our purgatory in His love!

Like St Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, another Carmelite, Elizabeth delighted the other sisters in the cloister with her simple and joyful service.   However, in 1903, she contracted Addison’s disease.   She suffered intensely and joyfully until she died in 1906. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was only 26-years-old.

“During painful times, when you feel a terrible void, think how God is enlarging the capacity of your soul, so that it can receive Him – making it, as it were, infinite as He is infinite.”   Look upon each pain, as a love token coming to you directly from God, in order to unite you to Him.during painful times - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

St Elizabeth of the Trinity, Pray for us!st elizabeth pray for usno2

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Quote/s of the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

“By our actions we tell Him of our love.”

“A soul united to Jesus is a living smile
that radiates Him and gives Him.”

“May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.”

“You will never be commonplace if you are vigilant in love.”by our actions - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

“I have found
heaven on earth,
since heaven is God
and God is in my soul.”i have found heaven on eart - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

“Make a little cell in your heart
for Jesus of the Agony;
take refuge there
when you hear Him
outraged by men,
try to make reparation;
you, at least, love Him
and keep your heart
quite pure for Him.
Oh! If you only knew how
the good God loves pure hearts!
It is there that He loves to reign!”

St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)make a little cell - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017


One Minute Reflection – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

One Minute Reflection – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

“Father, I will that where I am, they also whom you have given me may be with me….” John 17:24john 17 24

REFLECTION – “Jesus’ desire is for us to be with Him in communion.   This is what He aches for, His deepest desire that He prays for.   This is what Jesus was doing the night before He died.” …St Elizabeth of the Trinityjesus' desire - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

PRAYER – My Lord and my God, You have prayed that I may be in You and You in me.   This is the guiding consolation of my life and the source of my prayer.   Lead me to Yourself, guide me and teach me that I may never stray from You.   Holy St Elizabeth of the Trinity, in your young life you followed the way of the Lord, the way of the Cross, doing all for God by the love of the Holy Spirit.   Please pray for us, elizabeth pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Our Morning Offering – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore
By St Elizabeth of the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in You, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from You, O my unchanging God but that each moment may take me further into the depths of Your mystery! Pacify my soul! Make it Your heaven, Your beloved home and place of Your repose; let me never leave You there alone but may I be ever attentive, ever alert in my faith, ever adoring and all given up to Your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, would that I might be for You a spouse of Your heart! I would anoint You with glory, I would love You – even unto death! Yet I sense my frailty and ask You to adorn me with Yourself; identify my soul with all the movements of Your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute Yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of Your life. Come into me as Adorer, Redeemer and Saviour.

O Eternal Word, Word of my God, would that I might spend my life listening to You, would that I might be fully receptive to learn all from You. In all darkness, all loneliness, all weakness, may I ever keep my eyes fixed on You and abide under Your great light; O my Beloved Star, fascinate me so that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.

O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to Him a super-added humanity wherein He renews His mystery; and You O Father, bestow Yourself and bend down to Your little creature, seeing in her only Your beloved Son in whom You are well pleased.

O my `Three’, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in whom I lose myself, I give myself to You as a prey to be consumed; enclose Yourself in me that I may be absorbed in You so as to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your Splendour!holy trinity whom I adore - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 8 November – St Elizabeth of the Trinity O.C.D. (1880-1906)

Saint of the Day – 8 November – St Elizabeth of the Trinity O.C.D. (1880-1906) – professed Religious, Mystic, Writer, gifted Pianist.   Born Elizabeth Catez on Sunday 18 July 1880 in a military camp in the diocese of Bourges, France  – 9 November 1906 at Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France of Addison’s disease, a hormone disorder whose side effects are painful and exhausting.  Pope John Paul II beatified Elizabeth on 24 November 1984 and Pope Francis Canonised her on 16 October 2016.   Patronages – • against the death of parents • against bodily ills, illness or sickness • sick people.

Elizabeth was born on 18 July 1880 at the army camp in Avor near Bourges in France, where her father was a captain.    She was baptised four days later on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, a fact which she treasured.    When she was 2½ her sister Marguerite, known as Guite, was born.   Elizabeth’s father died when she was only seven years old.   By this time the family was living in a camp in Dijon but after the captain died, they moved into a flat.   Elizabeth could see the Carmel of Dijon from her bedroom window.   She was very high spirited and given to fiery outbursts of anger when things did not go her way.   In 1891 Elizabeth received her First Holy Communion and it made a deep impression on her.   From this time on the Eucharist became the centre of Elizabeth’s life and it gave her the strength and determination she needed to make a real effort to overcome her rages.
When she was eight Elizabeth’s mother enrolled her in the Conservatoire, probably with the intention of preparing her to teach music.   Elizabeth practised the piano for several hours each day;  she was an exceptionally gifted pianist.   She often played in concerts and when she was thirteen she won first prize for her playing.   She could undoubtedly have gone on to become a concert pianist but God had other plans for her.
Around the time of her fourteenth birthday Elizabeth made a vow of virginity, as an act of total self-offering to God.   She had already felt the call to religious life and one day after receiving Holy Communion she became convinced God was calling her to Carmel.

first communion

Meanwhile she spent happy holidays with her mother and sister.   Elizabeth dressed in the latest fashions, enjoyed dances and loved walking in the country, where she appreciated all the beauties of creation.   She had a great gift for friendship and was popular with her peers but in everything God was at the centre.   She said that when she played the piano she forgot all about the audience and played only for Him.
Elizabeth had a natural gift for contemplative prayer, people remarked on her total stillness and said that she seemed ‘Lost in God’ but she was active in her parish too.   She taught catechism and ran a club for the children of workers in a tobacco factory;  she visited the sick and sang in the parish choir.

Elizabeth entered the Carmel of Dijon on 2 August 1901 and on 8 December  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, she was clothed in the Carmelite habit.

Elizabeth was full of joy as a postulant;  she found God everywhere, in her work as well as at prayer.   She loved the silence of her cell where she could listen to Him speaking to her in the scriptures.   Her novitiate year was not so smooth, as with her great desire for perfection she struggled with scruples.   Elizabeth lived  in pure faith, during her novitiate;  it was a purification which strengthened her and gave her courage.   Mother Germaine, at 31 was Elizabeth’s prioress and novice mistress.   She understood Elizabeth and emphasised the way of confidence in the merciful love of God, as expressed by Thérèse of Lisieux in her Story of a Soul, which had been sent to the Carmels as Thérèse’s obituary circular about three years before Elizabeth entered.

Elizabeth made her Profession as a Carmelite on J11 January 1903 and on 21 January, the Feast of St. Agnes, she received the black veil in a public ceremony.
Elizabeth shared in her sister’s joy when she married and again later when she had her first two children.   Seeing her sister so happy and devoted to her husband, made Elizabeth reflect on her role as spouse of Christ.   She wanted to love Him with an undivided heart, to stay with Him all the time in deep communion; to share in His redemptive suffering and prayer and so become fruitful, by nourishing others and drawing them to Him.

Elizabeth’s horizons were expanding; as she pondered the scriptures she felt she was being transformed into another humanity for Christ, an idea which she developed from Paul’s text ‘It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me’.  She had an intuitive grasp of the ‘universal call to holiness’ long before it was named in the elizabeth - carmel

Elizabeth also had a strong awareness of the indwelling of the Trinity.   She often called the Trinity ‘My Three’ and had an intimate relationship with Father, Word and Spirit, as she usually called them.   Later she discovered her vocation to be a ‘Praise of glory’ and sometimes she even signed herself by this name.

Around the time of her twenty-third birthday it became clear that Elizabeth’s health was failing, she had developed Addison’s disease, at that time incurable.    It led to her death at the age of 26 on 9 November 1906.   By this time she was fully surrendered to God and died saying, ‘I am going to Light to Love to Life!’

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Memorial of the Saints – 8 November

St Adeodatus I, Pope
St Clair of Tours
St Cybi of Caenarvon
St Drouet
St Elizabeth of the Trinity –
St Gervadius
St Giuse Nguyen Ðình Nghi
St Godfrey of Amiens
St Gregory of Einsiedeln
St John Baptist Con
Bl Maria Crucified Satellico
St Martinô Tho
St Martinô Ta Ðuc Thinh
St Maurus of Verdun
St Moroc of Scotland
St Phaolô Nguyen Ngân
St Tysilio of Wales
St Willehad of Bremen
St Wiomad of Trèves

All Deceased Dominicans

All Saints of the Diocese of Evry: A regional memorial of all the saints and beati of the calendar who have a connection to the Diocese of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, France.
• Blessed Isabella of France, founded the Longchamp monastery
• Blessed Nicolas Gaudreau, pastor of Vert-le-Petit
• Blessed Pierre Bonse, pastor of Massy
• Our Lady of Good Guard, patron saint of the diocese, venerated in Longpont-sur-Orge, France
• Saint Corbinian, born in Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon
• Saint Denis of Paris, evangelizer of part of Essonne and revered ni Longpont-sur-Orge
• Saint Eloi, who lived in Chilly-Mazarin
• Saint Germain of Paris
• Saint William of Bourges, son of Count Baldwin IV of Corbeil
• Saint William of Aebelholt, pastor of Brunoy
• Saint Wulfran of Sens, born in Milly-la-Forêt
• Blessed Nativelle, vicar of Longjumeau
• Blessed René Le Bris, pastor of Bris-sous-Forges
• Saint Spire of Bayeux, whose relics are in Corbeil in the cathedral that bears his name
All Saints of Wales

Augustinian Martyrs of Spain

Four Crowned Martyrs: Saint Castorus, Saint Claudius, Saint Nicostratus, and Saint Simpronian. Skilled stone carvers in the 3rd century quarries. Martyred when they refused to carve an idol of Aesculapius for Diocletian. They were drowned in the River Sava in 305. Patronages – • against fever• cattle• sculptors• stone masons, stonecutters.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• BlessedAntolín Pablos Villanueva
• BlessedLaureano Pérez Carrascal
• BlessedManuel Sanz Domínguez
• BlessedMaximino Serrano Sáiz