Definitely one of my favorite Beatas... Elizabeth Catez came into the world on July 8, 1880. She was born in Bourges, France, to Captain Joseph Catez and his young bride, Marie. Being a spoiled child, in her early years Elizabeth was both stubborn and given to temper tantrums when she didn't get her way. Her father's untimely death when she was only 7-years-old marked the start of a positive change in her personality. She became reflective and calm, and grew into a popular teen who played very well on the piano. At the same time, she became aware of a growing attraction to spirituality and prayer, which blossomed into her entrance as a nun in the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Dijon, France; Elizabeth was 21-years-old when she gave herself completely to our Lord.
Towards the end of her life, Elizabeth began referring to herself by the beautiful Latin phrase, "Laudem Gloriae", which in English means "Praise of Glory". It summarized her spirituality, perfectly, as her entire being overflowed with love and praise for the triune God, who dwelt within her. Elizabeth's firm conviction of this animated her (and those around her) with a tangible sense of Peace, Joy, and Sanctity; Heaven had already began in her soul! Of this, she testified in her writings, among which we find:
I confide to you: it is this intimacy with Him 'within', which has been the beautiful sun illuminating
After her death, the Carmelites of Dijon released Elizabeth's personal journals and her other writings, revealing to the world the depth of her spiritual relationship with the Holy Trinity. After careful study of her virtues and written work, and the subsequent approval of a miraculous cure attributed to her intercession, the Church recognized Sr. Elizabeth of the Trinity as "Blessed" on November 25, 1984; she was Canonized on October 16, 2016.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
A Short Prayer
~ Words of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity