Darling Guite, don’t cry for your Sabeth, if you knew what a good little nest my Beloved is preparing for me here. Ah! This Carmel, this being alone with Him whom we love, if you knew how good it is! Yes, it is an anticipated Heaven. Don’t be jealous, my darlings, He alone knows what I’ve sacrificed in leaving you, and if His love had not sustained me, if He had not held me very tight in His arms, ah! I really feel I could not have done it; I love you both so much, and it seems to me that his love grows every day, for He is divinizing it!
I had a delightful, divine Shrovetide. Monday and Tuesday we had the Blessed Sacrament in the oratory and on Sunday in the choir; I spent nearly my whole day close to Him, and my Guite was there with me, for it seems to me that I keep her in my soul. It was very nice, I assure you. We were in darkness for the grille1 was open, and all the light came from Him. I so love to see this great grille between us: He is a prisoner for me, and I am a prisoner for Him!
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Letter 109 to her sister Marguerite
16 February 1902
1 The grille to which Elizabeth refers was the interior wooden grille, according to biographer Conrad de Meester, O.C.D. The prioress ordered the shutters on the choir windows to be closed so that the candles illuminating the monstrance in the church provided the sole source of light.
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.
Featured image: The Blessed Sacrament was surrounded by a multitude of lights at the Oxford Oratory during the annual ’40 Hours’ devotion 21 October 2007. Photo by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. (some rights reserved).