Here I am in the presence “of a mystery hidden from ages and generations,” the mystery “which is Christ”: “your hope of glory,” says St. Paul! [Cf. Col 1:26-27]. And he adds that “the understanding of this mystery” was given to him [Ep 3:4]. So it is from the great Apostle that I am going to learn how I may possess this knowledge which, in his expression, “surpasses all other knowledge: the knowledge of the love of Christ Jesus” [Ep 3:19].
First of all, he tells me that He is “my peace” [Ep 2:14], that it is “through Him that I have access to the Father” [Ep 2:18], for it has pleased this “father of lights” [Ja 1:17] that “in Him, all fullness should dwell, and that through Him He should reconcile to Himself all things, whether on the earth or in the heavens, making peace through the Blood of His Cross….“ [Col 1:19-20].
He wants to be my peace so that nothing can distract me or draw me out of “the invincible fortress of holy recollection” [Cf. Spiritual Canticle (A) 39:3] It is there that He will give me “access to the Father” and will keep me as still and as peaceful in His presence as if my soul were already in eternity [Cf. Prayer to the Indwelling Trinity]. It is by the Blood of His Cross that He will make peace in my little heaven, so that it may truly be the repose of the Three.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Last Retreat, Twelfth Day
Elizabeth of the Trinity, S 2014, I Have Found God, The Complete Works of Elizabeth of the Trinity Volume 1: Major spiritual writings, translated from the French by Kane, A, ICS Publications, Washington DC.