Quote of the day, 11 January: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

My Mother, here is the Bridegroom!

He is inviting you to rest on His Heart. There you will hear what is being sung in the soul of the bride and what is rising from her heart to [the heart] of the beloved Mother who prepared her for the day of union.

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Letter 153 to Mother Germaine
11 January 1903


Written in pencil on a holy card presented in gratitude to Mother Germaine, who was the novice mistress who prepared Elizabeth for her religious profession on 11 January 1903. The holy card featured an image of St. John the Apostle resting his head on the heart of the Lord, with a chalice in front of them both. Scholar and biographer Father Conrad de Meester, O.C.D. has gathered and narrated the details of this important day for us in his book Rien Moins que Dieu, excerpts of which we have translated for our readers.

On Sunday, 11 January 1903 it was freezing in Dijon. The temperature was -5 (23 F) and a snowstorm would arrive the next day in eastern France. This photo, however, was taken by professional photographer Mazillier on 22 December 1902, the day of Elizabeth’s canonical exam. Her mother hired the photographer to capture portraits for the special occasion when she was permitted to see her daughter outside the cloister one last time. The turn sisters loaned Elizabeth one of their black veils, which they pinned on top of her white veil. | Credit: Discalced Carmelites

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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