Quote of the day, 25 January: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” [1 Jn 4:16]. That is our great act of faith, the way to repay our God, love for love; it is “the mystery hidden” [Eph 2:4] in the Father’s heart, of which St. Paul speaks, which at last, we penetrate and our whole soul thrills! [Cf. Letter from Pere Vallée]. 

When it can believe in this “exceeding love” [Eph 2:4] which envelops it, we may say of it as was said of Moses, “He was unshakable in faith as if he had seen the Invisible” [Heb 11:27].

It no longer rests in inclinations or feelings; it matters little to the soul whether it feels God or not, whether He sends it joy or suffering: it believes in His love. The more it is tried, the more its faith increases because it passes over all obstacles, as it were, to go rest in the heart of infinite Love who can perform only works of love.

So also to this soul wholly awakened in its faith [Cf. Notes Intimes 15, Prayer to the Holy Trinity] the Master’s voice can say in intimate secrecy the words He once addressed to Mary Magdalene: “Go in peace, your faith has saved you” [Lk 7:50].

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Heaven in Faith, Day 6, first prayer

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.

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