The Holy Trinity, art by Herman Han (1574 – 1627) Poland
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!
~ A prayer of Saint Elizabeth of The Trinity (1880-1906), O.C.D.
Today, November 8th is the Feast day of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D., her very name means “house of God”. On August 2nd, 1901 St. Elizabeth enters Carmel., here is a portion of her postulant questionnaire:
What is your Ideal for sanctity?
To live from love.
What is the quickest way to attain it?
To make oneself as small as possible, to surrender oneself without reserve.
What saint do you love most?
The disciple Jesus loved, who rested his head on Jesus’ breast.
Which part of the Rule speaks most directly to you?
What is the dominant trait of your character?
Your Favorite Virtue?
Purity. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The fault you most abhor?
Egoism in general.
Give a basic definition of prayer.
The union of one who is not with the One who Is.
What is your favorite book?
The soul of Christ—it reveals to me all the secrets of the heavenly Father.
~ By Two Sisters in the Spirit, Ignatius Press
*For more information about the life of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, please check:
On December 8th, 1901 She receives the habit and is given the name “Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity”
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray of us!