Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity will be canonized on October 16, 2016.
St. Elisabeth, pray for us!
“The first sign of love is this: that Jesus has given us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink. The property of love is to be always giving and always receiving. Now the love of Christ is generous. All that He has, all that He is, He gives; all that we have, all that we are, He takes away. He asks for more that we of ourselves are capable of giving. He has an immense hunger which wants to devour us absolutely. He enters even into the marrow of our bones, and the more lovingly we allow Him to do so, the more fully we savor Him.”
“He knows that we are poor, but He pays no heed to it and does not spare us. He Himself becomes in us His own bread, first burning up, in His love, all our vices, faults, and sins. Then when He sees that we are pure, He comes like a gaping vulture that is going to devour everything. He wants to consume our life in order to change it into His own; ours, full of vices, His, full of grace and glory and all prepared for us, if only we will renounce ourselves.”
(Heaven in Faith, Volume One, The Complete Works: Elizabeth of the Trinity, ICS Publications)
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Elizabeth Catez, was born in 1880 in France. She entered the Discalced Carmelite Order making her profession of vows in 1903. In 1906 she was called by the Divine Spouse “to light, to love and to life”. Devoted to the Most Blessed Trinity, Elizabeth’s short life was a “praise of glory” to the Trinity during her life of interior darkness and a severe illness.
~The property of love is to be always giving and always receiving.~
Looking only at God and referring all to him is the virtue of simplicity. A simple soul lives for God and has only one intention to please and serve him. All words and actions simply and clearly reflect the soul’s thoughts and intentions. A simple soul is guided by God alone and relies on his power. In order to become a simple soul one has to set aside egotistic points of view and selfishness, reject the deceptions of the passions, and the false maxims of the world. Simplicity “places man in the presence of God; it is simplicity that empties and frees the soul from all fear today and on the day of judgement…It crushes evil nature underfoot, it gives peace, it imposes silence on the useless nosies within us…It is simplicity that hourly increases our divine likeness…will transport us into the depths where God dwells and will give us the repose of the abyss. ”
~(Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Heaven in Faith)