Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

“Nor could He have commanded anything more lovable,
for this sacrament produces love and union.
It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food.
“Had not the men of my text exclaimed:
‘ Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger?’
as if to say: ‘I have loved them and they have loved me
so much that I desire to be within them
and they wish to receive me so that the,
may become my members.’
There is no more intimate or more natural means
for them to be united to me and I to them.
Nor could He have commanded anything
which is more like eternal life.
Eternal life flows from this sacrament
because God with all sweetness
pours Himself out upon the blessed.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

“Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament,
extends His hands to everyone.
He opens His heart and says, ‘Come to Me, all of you.'”

St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)our redeemer ever present - st raphael kalinowski - 15 nov 2017


Thought for the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Thought for the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Elizabeth Catez offers hope to any parent who struggles with a strong-willed child.   A holy terror as a toddler, she once embarrassed her mother by shouting out at Mass, “Bad priest! Bad priest! That’s my doll!”   The priest had secretly borrowed her doll to be used as the Christ Child in his creche.   But gradually Elizabeth channeled her willfulness into a determination to become a saint.

Elizabeth’s first communion and confirmation at age 10 touched her deeply without quelling her rambunctiousness.   But from that time she opened up to an interior prayer life that slowly matured into the infused contemplation of a mystic.   At 14 she felt drawn to choose Christ as her spouse.   Without hesitating she made a private vow of virginity. And having been intrigued by visits to the local Carmelite convent at Dijon, France, since childhood, she was determined to become a Carmelite.

Marie, her mother, was horrified at the thought.   She did all she could do to prevent it. She sent Elizabeth to parties in hopes that these might distract her and arranged for suitors to pursue her.   But she could not in the end resist her daughter’s strong will.   She gave up and allowed Elizabeth to enter the Dijon Carmel in 1901.

Appropriately, she took the name Elizabeth of the Trinity, for the focus of her life became her immersion in the Godhead, or rather the Trinity’s immersion in her.   This letter from Elizabeth to a friend typifies her spirituality:

I love to penetrate beyond the veil of the soul to this inner sanctuary where we live alone with God.   He wants us entirely to Himself and is making there within us a cherished solitude.   Listen to everything that is being sung . . . in His heart.   It is Love, the infinite love that envelops us and desires to give us a share . . . in all His blessedness.   The whole Blessed Trinity dwells in us, the whole of that mystery which will be our vision in heaven.  I am “Elizabeth of the Trinity”—Elizabeth disappearing, losing herself, allowing herself to be invaded by the Three…All day long let us surrender ourselves to Love, by doing the will of God, under His gaze, with Him, in Him, for Him alone. . . . And then, when evening comes, after a dialogue of love that has never stopped in our hearts, let us go to sleep still in love. And if we are aware of any faults, let us simply abandon them to Love, which is a consuming fire and so do our purgatory in His love!

Like St Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, another Carmelite, Elizabeth delighted the other sisters in the cloister with her simple and joyful service.   However, in 1903, she contracted Addison’s disease.   She suffered intensely and joyfully until she died in 1906. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was only 26-years-old.

“During painful times, when you feel a terrible void, think how God is enlarging the capacity of your soul, so that it can receive Him – making it, as it were, infinite as He is infinite.”   Look upon each pain, as a love token coming to you directly from God, in order to unite you to Him.during painful times - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

St Elizabeth of the Trinity, Pray for us!st elizabeth pray for usno2


One Minute Reflection – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

One Minute Reflection – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

“Father, I will that where I am, they also whom you have given me may be with me….” John 17:24john 17 24

REFLECTION – “Jesus’ desire is for us to be with Him in communion.   This is what He aches for, His deepest desire that He prays for.   This is what Jesus was doing the night before He died.” …St Elizabeth of the Trinityjesus' desire - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

PRAYER – My Lord and my God, You have prayed that I may be in You and You in me.   This is the guiding consolation of my life and the source of my prayer.   Lead me to Yourself, guide me and teach me that I may never stray from You.   Holy St Elizabeth of the Trinity, in your young life you followed the way of the Lord, the way of the Cross, doing all for God by the love of the Holy Spirit.   Please pray for us, elizabeth pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Our Morning Offering – 8 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore
By St Elizabeth of the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in You, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from You, O my unchanging God but that each moment may take me further into the depths of Your mystery! Pacify my soul! Make it Your heaven, Your beloved home and place of Your repose; let me never leave You there alone but may I be ever attentive, ever alert in my faith, ever adoring and all given up to Your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, would that I might be for You a spouse of Your heart! I would anoint You with glory, I would love You – even unto death! Yet I sense my frailty and ask You to adorn me with Yourself; identify my soul with all the movements of Your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute Yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of Your life. Come into me as Adorer, Redeemer and Saviour.

O Eternal Word, Word of my God, would that I might spend my life listening to You, would that I might be fully receptive to learn all from You. In all darkness, all loneliness, all weakness, may I ever keep my eyes fixed on You and abide under Your great light; O my Beloved Star, fascinate me so that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.

O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to Him a super-added humanity wherein He renews His mystery; and You O Father, bestow Yourself and bend down to Your little creature, seeing in her only Your beloved Son in whom You are well pleased.

O my `Three’, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in whom I lose myself, I give myself to You as a prey to be consumed; enclose Yourself in me that I may be absorbed in You so as to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your Splendour!holy trinity whom I adore - st elizabeth of the trinity - 8 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 8 November – St Elizabeth of the Trinity O.C.D. (1880-1906)

Saint of the Day – 8 November – St Elizabeth of the Trinity O.C.D. (1880-1906) – professed Religious, Mystic, Writer, gifted Pianist.   Born Elizabeth Catez on Sunday 18 July 1880 in a military camp in the diocese of Bourges, France  – 9 November 1906 at Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France of Addison’s disease, a hormone disorder whose side effects are painful and exhausting.  Pope John Paul II beatified Elizabeth on 24 November 1984 and Pope Francis Canonised her on 16 October 2016.   Patronages – • against the death of parents • against bodily ills, illness or sickness • sick people.

Elizabeth was born on 18 July 1880 at the army camp in Avor near Bourges in France, where her father was a captain.    She was baptised four days later on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, a fact which she treasured.    When she was 2½ her sister Marguerite, known as Guite, was born.   Elizabeth’s father died when she was only seven years old.   By this time the family was living in a camp in Dijon but after the captain died, they moved into a flat.   Elizabeth could see the Carmel of Dijon from her bedroom window.   She was very high spirited and given to fiery outbursts of anger when things did not go her way.   In 1891 Elizabeth received her First Holy Communion and it made a deep impression on her.   From this time on the Eucharist became the centre of Elizabeth’s life and it gave her the strength and determination she needed to make a real effort to overcome her rages.
When she was eight Elizabeth’s mother enrolled her in the Conservatoire, probably with the intention of preparing her to teach music.   Elizabeth practised the piano for several hours each day;  she was an exceptionally gifted pianist.   She often played in concerts and when she was thirteen she won first prize for her playing.   She could undoubtedly have gone on to become a concert pianist but God had other plans for her.
Around the time of her fourteenth birthday Elizabeth made a vow of virginity, as an act of total self-offering to God.   She had already felt the call to religious life and one day after receiving Holy Communion she became convinced God was calling her to Carmel.

first communion

Meanwhile she spent happy holidays with her mother and sister.   Elizabeth dressed in the latest fashions, enjoyed dances and loved walking in the country, where she appreciated all the beauties of creation.   She had a great gift for friendship and was popular with her peers but in everything God was at the centre.   She said that when she played the piano she forgot all about the audience and played only for Him.
Elizabeth had a natural gift for contemplative prayer, people remarked on her total stillness and said that she seemed ‘Lost in God’ but she was active in her parish too.   She taught catechism and ran a club for the children of workers in a tobacco factory;  she visited the sick and sang in the parish choir.

Elizabeth entered the Carmel of Dijon on 2 August 1901 and on 8 December  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, she was clothed in the Carmelite habit.

Elizabeth was full of joy as a postulant;  she found God everywhere, in her work as well as at prayer.   She loved the silence of her cell where she could listen to Him speaking to her in the scriptures.   Her novitiate year was not so smooth, as with her great desire for perfection she struggled with scruples.   Elizabeth lived  in pure faith, during her novitiate;  it was a purification which strengthened her and gave her courage.   Mother Germaine, at 31 was Elizabeth’s prioress and novice mistress.   She understood Elizabeth and emphasised the way of confidence in the merciful love of God, as expressed by Thérèse of Lisieux in her Story of a Soul, which had been sent to the Carmels as Thérèse’s obituary circular about three years before Elizabeth entered.

Elizabeth made her Profession as a Carmelite on J11 January 1903 and on 21 January, the Feast of St. Agnes, she received the black veil in a public ceremony.
Elizabeth shared in her sister’s joy when she married and again later when she had her first two children.   Seeing her sister so happy and devoted to her husband, made Elizabeth reflect on her role as spouse of Christ.   She wanted to love Him with an undivided heart, to stay with Him all the time in deep communion; to share in His redemptive suffering and prayer and so become fruitful, by nourishing others and drawing them to Him.

Elizabeth’s horizons were expanding; as she pondered the scriptures she felt she was being transformed into another humanity for Christ, an idea which she developed from Paul’s text ‘It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me’.  She had an intuitive grasp of the ‘universal call to holiness’ long before it was named in the elizabeth - carmel

Elizabeth also had a strong awareness of the indwelling of the Trinity.   She often called the Trinity ‘My Three’ and had an intimate relationship with Father, Word and Spirit, as she usually called them.   Later she discovered her vocation to be a ‘Praise of glory’ and sometimes she even signed herself by this name.

Around the time of her twenty-third birthday it became clear that Elizabeth’s health was failing, she had developed Addison’s disease, at that time incurable.    It led to her death at the age of 26 on 9 November 1906.   By this time she was fully surrendered to God and died saying, ‘I am going to Light to Love to Life!’

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Thought for the Day – – 15 October – The Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus/Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – – 15 October – The Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus/Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church

Since her encounter with Jesus, St Teresa lived “another life”; she become a tireless communicator of the Gospel (cf. Life, 23, 1).   Eager to serve the Church and in the face of serious problems of her time, she did not limit herself to being a spectator of the reality around her.   In her position as a woman and with her health difficulties, she decided, she said, “to do what little depended on me … that is to follow the evangelical counsels as perfectly as possible and to ensure that these few nuns who are here do the same” (The Way, 1, 2).   Thus began the Teresian reform, in which she asked her sisters not to lose time negotiating with God “interests of little importance,” while “the world is in flames” (ibid., 1, 5).   This missionary and ecclesial dimension has always marked the Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites.

As she did then, even today the saint opens new horizons for us, she calls us to a great undertaking, to see the world with the eyes of Christ, to seek what He seeks and to love what He loves. (Pope Francis in a letter to to Carmelite Father Xavier Cannistrà)

Ours is a time of turmoil, a time of reform, and a time of liberation. Modern women have in Teresa a challenging example.   Promoters of renewal, promoters of prayer, all have in Teresa a woman to reckon with, one whom they can admire and imitate.

St Teresa of Jesus, Pray for us!st teresa of jesus- pray for us 2

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Quotes of the Day – 15 October – The Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus/Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church

Quotes of the Day – 15 October – The Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus/Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church

“Oh my Lord!
How true it is that,
whoever works for You,
is paid in troubles!
And what a precious price
to those who love You,
if we understand its value.”oh my lord - st teresa of jesus - 15 oct 2017

“There is no such thing as bad weather.
All weather is good because it is God’s.”there is no such thing - st teresa of jesus - 15 oct 2017

“There is more value in a little study of humility
and in a single act of it,
than in all the knowledge in the world.”there is more value - st theresa of jesus - 15 oct 2017

“We need no wings to go in search of Him
but have only to look upon Him,
present within us.”we need no wings - st teresa of jesus - 15 oct 2017

“Hope, O my soul, hope.
You know neither the day nor the hour.
Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly,
even though your impatience makes doubtful,
what is certain and turns
a very short time into a long one.”

St Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582)hope o my soul hope - st teresa - 15 october 2017