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The Canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

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     During his 20th June 2016 Consistory Pope Francis announced that the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity would take place in Rome on the 16th of October 2016.                                                                    Great joy for the Church and for the family of Carmel!

 

  

 

Born in a military camp the 18th of July 1880, little Sabeth, daughter of a Captain, was endowed with a spontaneous, turbulent and albeit, a sometimes violent disposition. Her extremely sensitive temperament, nevertheless, drew her to all that was great and beautiful and opened her heart to Jesus, and it is with this love that she would eventually come to conquer her "terrible temper".

When she was 13 years old she won first prize in piano at the Conservatory. Her ambition, however, lay elsewhere: it was to madly love Jesus and devote her life to him. Her life was that of a girl of her time with all its passions: music, the sea, the mountains, friendship, but also participating in her parish, visiting the sick, teaching the catechism to children, and most especially , all that was rooted in prayer.

Yet more and more Elizabeth began to sense a call to Carmel, to pray and to endlessly draw others to God. Having overcome her mother’s opposition, she entered the Dijon Carmel when she was 21 years of age. She was profoundly happy and led a life of prayer, poor, rough, but shinning in the bright Sun of God’s presence and surrounded in fraternal charity.

Following a radiantly happy period as a postulant and notwithstanding one year of a rather difficult novitiate, she took her vows on the 11th of January 1903. She was now the "bride of Christ"! She would nurture on the Word of God, especially St. Paul, who would invite her to become "A Praise of Glory" for God, a "God who loves us so much."

Elizabeth wanted to render love for love to him within the crux of daily life and life in the community. In her letters she would share with her friends on the outside the most wonderful discovery: all are called, all are loved, and all are inhabited by the Presence and called to communion with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In 1904 she would write her famous prayer, O my God, Trinity Whom I Adore, in which she   wholly gave of herself... Weakened by the incurable Addison's disease, in 1906 she would endure nine months of a long and prolonged agony. In the midst of great suffering she nonetheless expressed her offering of joyous love. She died the 9th of November 1906.

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