Luminous With His Light

Young Elizabeth Catez

“The Word will imprint in your soul, as in a crystal, the image of His own beauty, so that you may be pure with His purity, luminous with His light.”  

Ten years before entering the Carmelite Convent in Dijon, France, eleven year-old Elizabeth Catez met the prioress on the afternoon of her First Holy Communion. What the prioress told her on that occasion left a deep impression in her soul; upon learning Elizabeth’s name, the prioress told her that her name meant “House of God.” She later wrote on the back of a holy card for Elizabeth: “Your blessed name hides a mystery, accomplished on this great day. Child, your heart is the House of God on earth, of the God of love.”

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16)

Waiting to enter Carmel–St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Upon entering Carmel at the age of twenty-one, Elizabeth sought God’s Face within the temple of her own soul, in prayer and silence, with a growing desire to be united with Jesus, to share in His life and sufferings–to be transformed into His image–so that God the Father would find in her the image of His Son, in whom He was well-pleased. Elizabeth wrote, “God bends lovingly over this soul, His adopted daughter, who is so conformed to the image of His Son, the ‘first born among all creatures,’ and recognizes her as one of those whom He has ‘predestined, called, justified.’ And His Fatherly heart thrills as He thinks of consummating His work, that is of ‘glorifying her by bringing her into His kingdom, there to sing for ages unending’ the praise of His glory.”  She prayed that the Holy Spirit “create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery.”

“I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light.”~St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, OCD

“We must become aware that God dwells within us and do everything with Him; then we are never commonplace, even when performing the most ordinary tasks.” 

This was the fruit of contemplation that St. Elizabeth of the Trinity wanted to share with everyone; the secret of transforming love hidden within our own hearts. By gazing steadfastly upon God, in faith and simplicity, the Word of God, Jesus Christ–as in the legend of St. Veronica’s Veil–will leave the imprint of His image on the veil of the soul. By her continual loving gaze at Him, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was transformed into His image. When she died at the young age of twenty-six, she had already fulfilled her mission in the Church as a ceaseless “Praise of Glory,” reflecting the luminous, pure light of the Holy Trinity.

“It is Your continual desire to associate Yourself with Your creatures…How can I better satisfy Your desire than by keeping myself simply and lovingly turned towards You, so that You can reflect Your own image in me, as the sun is reflected through pure crystal? …We will be glorified in the measure in which we will have been conformed to the image of His divine Son.  So, let us contemplate this adored Image, let us remain unceasingly under its radiance so that it may imprint itself on us.”

— St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, OCD, Feast Day November 8.
St. Veronica with the Veil of the Holy Face, 1485, Maestro, Viennese

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2 thoughts on “Luminous With His Light

  1. Jack Sullivan November 5, 2021 / 2:21 pm

    Hello Patricia, I just listened to your appearance on the Miracle Hunter podcast from about 7 years ago, regarding the Holy Face image. I had a dream of the Holy Face back in 2015 and it’s taken me several years but I’m starting to more clearly discover how significant this was.

    In the podcast you mentioned a booklet that you put together regarding the Holy Face Devotion. I bought a small booklet from TAN Books on the subject and it’s great, but I don’t think it has everything you described, including the Pope’s words and a few others prayers. Do you still have copies of this booklet and is there any way I can get one?

    P.S.
    I just finished reading The Golden Arrow and am ~2/3 the way done with The Holy Man of Tours. I would love any other recommendations you might have, I also bought two DVDs from FOCUS TV online, which I think has a new name now.

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    • patriciaenk November 5, 2021 / 8:42 pm

      Hello Jack, I’m so happy that “in seeking His Face” you have found this blog! I do have some booklets, but, everything that is in the small booklet is also here — the information can be found mostly in the “tabs” at the top of the home page. I’ve added so much more than could put in the booklet, because, as you said, the devotion is so significant; it touches on the very key to our relationship with God the Father, through the humanity of His Son Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit who transforms us into His likeness. There are so many wonderful aspects to the devotion that I continue to discover more each day! As far as books to recommend, I loved the “Life of Sr. Marie St. Pierre,” which is now back in print, Paul Badde’s books related to the re-discovery of the Veil of the Holy Face of Manoppello are wonderful — beautiful photos! Another book which covers the history titled “The Rediscovered Face – The Unmistakable Features of Christ” is excellent as well, with great references. Enjoy the journey Jack, and keep seeking His Face, it will change your life!
      God bless you! Pat

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