Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
July 18, 1880-November 9, 1906
Elisabeth Catez was born July 18 1880 in the Field of ivory at Bourges (France), and was baptized four days later. In 1887 the family moved to Dijon. That same year her father died. On April 19, 1891, she received her First Communion, the next year she was Confirmed on June 18. With a fairly hard, volatile, impetuous, fiery, extroverted, temperament, she had to work long and a little at a time to dominate, or as you said, to “win for love”, her attraction to Christ, which started from the time of her First Communion. In 1894 she issued a vow of virginity. Feeling the call to religious life, she asked her mother for permission to come to the Disalced Caramelites, but she was refused until she came of age. On August 2, 1901 she came to the Disalced Caramelites of Dijon, where on December 8, 1901, she took the religious habit. On January 11, 1903, she professed her religious vows. On Jan. 21 of that year, she made the ceremony of monastic velazione. The five years of her religious life were a continuous ascent to God and the Lord purified her soul with spiritual and physical suffering through the terrible Addison’s disease that led to her death on November 19, 1906.
The literature about this blessed is immense, a sign of an unbelievable spirituality to be discovered, meditate, analyze, gathered in a closed Caramel, contemporary of that other great pillar of Carmelite asceticism, Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus of Lisieux (1873-1897).
Without ever attending school herself, she gained her first rudiments of knowledge, of writing and science, from two institutes, with a infarinatura literature. But since she was small , she had attended the Conservatory of Dijon, where she found in music a form of giving and prayer, and won the first prizes in piano performance.In full adolescence, she began to feel attracted by Christ and – she said – “without waiting binds me to him with a vow of virginity; there said nothing, but we donammo to one another in a love so strong that Resolution to be all for me it became even more definitive. “
She heard echoing in her mind the word ‘Caramelites’ for which she had not thought that another retreat in this sacred structure. But she found strong opposition in her mother, who was so young a widow, and had placed her faith in Elizabeth’s musical ability, to support her, so she proved contrary to the vocation of Elizabeth and banned from joining the Caramelites of Dijon, indeed proposing marriage with a good young man. But the young woman was now in love with Christ and there was no room for other loves, however she obeyed her mother regardsing contact with the Carmelite monastery, while continuing to reiterate her willingness.
Only when she reached 19 years of age did Mrs. Catez capitulate, with the condition that she could only come to the Caramelites in 1901, when she would be 21, in the meantime, mother led daughter to several festivals of good dancing societies, with the hope that Elizabeth would change her mind.
But she also lived in the midst of the world, listening to her Jesus in the silence of a heart that did not want to be his. Before leaving for the holidays, she kneeled in the house, praying, offering to Our Lady, then naturally and with a smile, lived these joyous occasions of celebration, all taken by the thought that she would receive Communion the next morning and made her alien and insensitive to everything that was happening around her.
She was prepared well for the monastic life, teaching catechism to children of the parish, helping the poor most abandoned, in close communion with the Trinity and the Madonna. On 2 August 1901 she entered the Carmelites of Dijon and 8 December she fervently took the habit, after a year of novitiate, 11 January 1903 gave the votes, taking the name of Elizabeth of the Trinity.
But the joy of reaching her desired goal, after a start full of hopes and promises, was stopped soon, because on 1 July 1903, showed itself in a strange disease that was not diagnosed properly and treated with incorrect therapies, jlater diagnosed as Addison’s disease (a disease characterized by profound fatigue, with hypotension, back pain, stomach disorders, a bronzino color of the skin, mostly due to tuberculosis of the adrenal capsules). None of the monastery doctors immediately understood the gravity of the situation, not knowing then symptoms and treatment, as the disease was not classification until 1855 by English physician Thomas Addison (1793-1860) and was given his name.
Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity accepted everything with a smile, abandoning herself to the will of God, expressing her “joy to take the crucifix out of love” and becoming truly “praise of the glory of the Trinity.” From her writing dated, Friday 24 February 1899, we note that the knowledge she had of her evil dark and the transformation of suffering in sublimation: “Since I was almost impossible impormi other suffering, I must also persuade them that suffering physical and bodily is not that half, precious indeed, to reach the interior mortification and the full separation from themselves. Help me Jesus, my life, my love, my spouse. “
On 21 November 1904 was offered as prey “at Trinity with the famous cry:” O my God, I love Trinity, “cast out from his soul. The years from 1900 to 1905 were spent between highs and lows of the disease, but in 1906 the situation became worse; crises oppressed one another and suffocation, while the bowels gave the feeling of being torn by wild beasts; she failed to take either food or beverages; this despite continuing to smile.
In quell’estate 1906 obeying prioress, she wrote her meditations, the fruit of those terrible months, in the ‘Last withdrawal of Laudemio gloriae “and” Finding heaven on earth. ” The progression of evil and now consumed by writing to her mother, said: “My spouse wants me to be a humanity in which he added could still suffer for the glory of the Father and to help the Church … He has chosen for your daughter associate the great work of Redemption. “
Despite this, she strangely spoke of joy, yet the martyrdom of the body had added that the spirit with a sense of emptiness and abandonment by God, that all the mystics have known, had even temptations of suicide, passed in the faith ‘ love for Christ. ‘
The disease took a quite long and painful course throughout autumn, she seemed to start towards the end, on 1 November the battle seemed to be at the very last hour on that day and said her latest comments: “Everything goes! In the evening of life remains only love. We must do everything for love … “, then for nine days in a prostrò been precomatoso, in a momentary return of consciousness, was heard murmur:” I’m going to light, to love, to life. “
She died the morning of 9 November 1906, at just 26 years of age. To s. Therese of the Child Jesus even Elizabeth of the Trinity was a great mystic, who was able to penetrate the essence of Love “too big” to God in intimate communion with her “three” as Elizabeth expressed familiarly talking about the SS. Trinity, pivot of her life of an oblate cloistered Carmelite nun.
While She lived in the monastery just over five years, including three in a state of serious and irreversible ill, and had little contact with the outside world, after death she had a great reputation for holiness, which she thought soon to her glorification.
For several reasons, the first process information came in the years 1931-41 in Dijon and 25 October 1961 the cause for beatification was introduced. On 12 July 1982 her virtues so heroic were recognized, giving her the title of venerable; finally Pope John Paul II has beatified her on November 25 1984.
The ‘Roman Martyrology’ returns to its celebration on November 9. Instead honored as barefoot Carmelite memory from the day on November 8.
Author: Antonio Borrelli
SOURCE: Santi e Beati