Oh! my little Aunts, how happy I am; here I am, the bride of Christ!
I would like to speak to you about my profession, but, you see, it is something so divine, earthly language is powerless to repeat it. I had had very beautiful days before, but now I no longer even dare compare them with that day. It was a unique day, and I believe that if I found myself before God, I would not experience any emotion greater than what I felt; what happens between God and the soul at that time is so great!
The ceremony is completely private, it takes place in chapter [an official meeting for “black veil” nuns], and the veiling doesn’t take place on the same day; I did not explain that to you very well, there are two ceremonies.
I hope to receive the veil on the 21st for the feast of Saint Agnes, but it hasn’t been decided yet for we don’t know if his Excellency will be free that day.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Letter 154 to her Rolland aunts (excerpt)
Ca. 12 January 1903 (or a little after)
Note: Bishop Albert-Léon-Marie Le Nordez (1844–1922) was indeed free on 21 January 1903. He presided at the solemn veiling of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.
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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