“I rejoice,” said Saint Paul, “to make up in my flesh what is lacking in the passion of Jesus Christ for the sake of His body the Church” (Col 1:24). Oh, how your mother’s heart should leap for divine joy in thinking that the Master has deigned to choose your daughter, the fruit of your womb, to associate her with His great work of redemption, and that He suffers in her, as it were, an extension of His passion.
The bride belongs to the Bridegroom, (Cf. Jn 3:29) and mine has taken me, he wants me to be another humanity for Him in which He can still suffer for the glory of His Father, to help the needs of His Church; this thought has done me so much good….
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Letter 309 to her mother
Around 9 September 1906
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