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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Monday Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
Feastday: November 8 Patron: of sick people, loss of parents Birth: July 18, 1880 Death: November 9, 1906 Beatified: November 25, 1984 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: October 18, 2016, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis
Elizabeth of the Trinity (July 18, 1880 - November 9, 1906) was a French nun and religious writer.
Elizabeth of the Trinity (French: Élisabeth de la Trinité), born Élisabeth Catez (18 July 1880 – 9 November 1906), was a French Discalced Carmelite professed religious, a mystic, and a spiritual writer. She was known for the depth of her spiritual growth as a Carmelite as well as bleak periods in which her religious calling was perceived to be unsure according to those around her; she however was acknowledged for her persistence in pursuing the will of God and in devoting herself to the charism of the Carmelites.
Elizabeth was a gifted pianist and had strong feelings for the Carmelite charism. Of that experience as a professed religious she wrote in a letter: "I can't find words to express my happiness. Here there is no longer anything but God. He is All; He suffices and we live by Him alone" (Letter 91).
Pope John Paul II celebrated her beatification in Paris on 25 November 1984; Pope Francis approved her canonization on 3 March 2016. The date was decided at a gathering of cardinals on 20 June 2016 and she was canonized as a saint on 16 October 2016.