We are going to have very beautiful feast days in honor of our blessed martyrs of Compiègne on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
I will be able to attend them in a little tribune, for Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus granted my prayer three months ago by giving me the strength to take a few steps, which had been impossible for me.
That is a great consolation to me, for I can spend many hours in the dear little tribune, which has a grille opening on the sanctuary; I go to seek strength there, close to Him who has suffered so much because “he loved us exceedingly” [Eph 2:4], as the Apostle says.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Letter 324 to Germaine de Gemeaux (excerpt)
Around 10 October 1906
Biographer and editor Conrad de Meester, O.C.D. mentions that the Carmelites of Dijon celebrated the beatification of the Martyrs of Compiègne for three consecutive days: Saturday through Monday, 13 through 15 October 1906.
Mother Teresa of St. Augustine Lidoine and the Martyrs of Compiègne were beatified on 27 May 1906 by St. Pius X in St. Peter’s Basilica. Father de Meester notes that during this October triduum, Père Vallée, the prior of the Dominican friars at Dijon, preached at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on 13 and 14 October.
Then Bishop Dadolle of Dijon celebrated a pontifical Mass in the morning on Monday 15 October for the solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila; he also was the preacher for Benediction later in the day.
There was a window with a grille in the second-floor infirmary that permitted Elizabeth to look down on the sanctuary during the Mass and Benediction and to pray near the tabernacle whenever she desired (Cf. Photograph 191 on page 126 in Light, Love, Life: a look at a face and a heart).
Elizabeth attributes her ability to walk from her infirmary bed to this window to the intercession of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Elizabeth enclosed a holy card of the newly-beatified Martyrs in her letter to her young friend Germaine.
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.
A little scary for me
Maybe St Therese will, if I ask, get my own health under control, so I can ‘pray near the Tabernacle whenever I desire’, instead of online, and get back to the Eucharist daily…