The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit’” (John 1:29,33–34).
O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, come upon me, and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And you, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature: cover her with Your shadow, seeing in her only the Beloved in whom You are well pleased.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Prayer to the Holy Trinity (excerpt)
Notes Intimes, 15
21 November 1904
All scripture references are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America as accessed from the Bible Gateway website.
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.
Elizabeth of the Trinity, S 1984, Je te cherche dès l’aurore : évocation d’un visage et d’un coeur, produced by C. de Meester and the Carmel of Dijon, Carmel de Dijon, Flavignerot.
Translation from the French text of Je te cherche dès l’aurore is the blogger’s own work product.
Featured image: Father Conrad de Meester, O.C.D., the biographer and editor of the Collected Works of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, offers these remarks concerning our featured image, which is but a detail of the full-length image of Photo 63: “Sometime after her solemn veiling on 21 January 1903, Elizabeth poses before Sister Geneviève’s camera for the classic “profession” photo, taken in the classic location at the back of the garden, follow the classic attitude that advised the nun to hold a religious object in her hands. Photos 63 and 64 (Elizabeth is standing) were taken during the same session, with the same remains of melting snow” (Je Cherche Dès l’Aurore, p. 14). Photo credit: © Carmel of Dijon / Discalced Carmelites (All rights reserved, used with permission).