Discalced Carmelite Nun (1880-1906)
+ Elizabeth Catez was the daughter of a military captain and his wife and was born in a military camp in the diocese of Bourges, France. After her father’s death, Elizabeth and her sister were raised by their mother.
+ Remembered a lively girl with a bit of a stubborn streak and a temper, she was also a person of faith and was attracted to prayer and reflection at an early age. She demonstrated her faith in her care for the sick and dedication to teaching catechism to local children.
+ Against her mother’s wishes, she entered a monastery of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Dijon in 1901. Although she experienced growth in prayer and received many graces, she was also plagued by spiritual darkness.
+ Following her profession of vows, Elizabeth became a spiritual guide for many and her letters and retreat notes have inspired generations of Christians to grow in their commitment to prayer. Her spirituality is considered to be remarkably similar to another Carmelite saint—Therese of Lisieux.
+ Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity died of Addison’s Disease on November 9, 1906, and was canonized in 2016.
“I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself”—Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
O God, who called your handmaid blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity to seek you before all else, grant that, serving you, through her example and intercession, with a pure and humble heart, we may come at last to your eternal glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For a Nun)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.