Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elizabeth of the Trinity (French: Élisabeth de la Trinité) born Élisabeth Catez (July 18, 1880 – November 9, 1906) was a French nun and religious writer. She was born in the military camp of Avord in the district of Farges-en-Septaine (Cher). Her parents were Captain Joseph and Marie (Rolland) Catez. Elizabeth was the first born of her family. She had a terrible temper. When Elizabeth was seven years old, her father died unexpectedly.
After receiving her First Holy Communion in 1891 Elizabeth became more controlled and had a deeper understanding of God and the world. She also gained a profound understanding of the Trinity. Elizabeth visited the sick and sang in the church choir. She taught religion to children who worked in factories. Soon after, Elizabeth began to be interested in entering the Discalced Carmelites, although her mother strongly suggested her not to. Men had asked for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage, but she declined, because her dream was to enter the Carmelite monastery that was located 200 meters from her home in Dijon.
Elizabeth entered the Dijon Carmel on August 2, 1901. She said, “I find Him everywhere while doing the wash as well as while praying.” Her time in the Carmel had some high times as well as some very low times. Today, we know about all that she felt and experienced in her writings. She wrote down when she felt she needed a richer understanding of God’s great love.
At the end of her life, she began to call herself Laudem Gloriae. Elizabeth had wanted to be called that in Heaven because it means “praise of glory”. She said, “I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself.”
Elizabeth died at the age of 26 from Addison’s disease, which in the early 20th century had no treatment. Even though her death was unbearable, Elizabeth still accepted that God gave her that gift and was grateful. Her last words were, “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!”
Elizabeth was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 25, 1984. Her memorial day is November 8.
Her canonization was celebrated on 16 October 2016.