Forgetful love: the Augustinian side of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

I am very happy the Church has placed our saints so close to each other, [Elizabeth and Andrew] because that gives me the chance to offer you my best wishes today. Saint Augustine says that “love, forgetful of its own dignity, is eager to raise and magnify the beloved: it has only one measure, which is to be without measure” (Ltr 109).

I am asking God to fill you with that measure without measure, which is to say, according to the “riches of His glory,” (Cf Eph 3:16) that the weight of His love may draw you (Cf Confessions, 13:6) to the point of happy loss the Apostle spoke of when he wrote “Vivo enim jam non ego, vivit vero in me Christus” (“It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me,” Ga 2:20) That is the dream of my Carmelite soul and, I believe, also the dream of your priestly soul. Above all it is the dream of Christ, and I ask Him to accomplish it fully in our souls.

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Letter 214 to Abbé André Chevignard (excerpt)
29 November 1904

Elizabeth of the Trinity, S 2003, The Complete Works of Elizabeth of the Trinity volume 2: Letters from Carmel, translated from the French by Nash, A, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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