Monday, May 18, 2009


Elisabeth entered the Carmel in Dijon on August 2, 1901, and received the religious name Elisabeth of the Trinity. She made her profession in 1903. She died on November 9, 1906, after suffering from of Addison’s disease (incurable at the time). Her last words were: “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!” Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984, she discovers to us the centrality of the Word of God, baptismal grace, and the participation in the intimate life of God Trinity.

The Carmelite vocation

Elisabeth beautifully expressed the Call to Carmel in this following prayer:

The Carmelite is a given soul, one immolated for the glory of God. With her Christ she is crucified; but how luminous is her calvary! While gazing on the divine Victim, a light blazed forth in her soul and, understanding her sublime mission, her wounded heart exclaimed: “Here I am!”

“The Carmelite is an adoring soul, wholly surrendered to the action of God, intently communicating through all things, her heart uplifted and her eyes full of heaven! She has found the One Thing Necessary, The divine Being, Light and Love. Enfolding the world in her prayer, she is an apostle of truth.”



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