St Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elisabeth Catez (1880-1906) was a gifted pianist and passionate young woman who entered the Carmel in Dijon in 1901. In childhood the image of being the ‘House of God’ was important for her. Born in a military family, she and her only sister were close to their widowed mother. Young Elizabeth was kept waiting to enter Carmel, but she tried to live as a Carmelite in spirit until her mother relented.
Once inside Carmel, Elizabeth felt called to be a ‘Praise of Glory’ just as Jesus was the ultimate Praise of God’s Glory. Elizabeth’s spirituality is focussed on the mystery of the threefold God, her vocation a call to dive into the depths of this Godhead and stay there in loving contemplation. Her prayer to the Trinity (below) is one of her best known writings. She died of Addison’s disease at the age of twenty-six. Elizabeth was beatified in 1984 and canonised in 2016.