Friday, November 07, 2003

8 NOVEMBER

Today is the feast of the Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D. A budding concert pianist as a young girl, Elizabeth - "Sabeth" to her family - left her music for Carmel much against the wishes of her mother. Like St. Therese, Blessed Elizabeth lived only a short time in Carmel, dying at 26 in 1906.

The collect for her feast in the Carmelite Liturgy:


O God of bountiful mercy,
you revealed to Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you,
and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth.
Through her intercession
may we also abide in the love of Christ,
that we may merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit
to the praise of your glory.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.