Someone once wondered why my earliest writings on The Cloistered Heart did not mention saints who'd had ideas somewhat similar to my own. Actually, I'd had no clue that anyone else ever thought such things... at least things with specifically 'cloistered' imagery.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I first read this from Elizabeth of the Trinity:
'May the God Who is all love be your unchanging dwelling place, your cell, and your cloister in the midst of the world.'
Oh my goodness.
She also had these things to say:
'May nothing distract me from You, neither noise nor
diversions. Oh my Master, I would so love to live with You in silence.
But what I love above all is to do Your will, and since You want me
still to remain in the world, I submit with all my heart for love of
You. I offer You the cell of my heart; may it be Your little Bethany.
Come rest there.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
confide to you a secret which has made my life on earth an anticipated
Heaven: the belief that a Being Whose name is Love is dwelling within us
at every moment of the day and night, and that He asks us to live in
his company.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
'Make my soul... Your cherished dwelling place, Your home of rest. Let me never leave You there alone, but keep me there all absorbed in You, in living faith, adoring You.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
'What a joyous mystery is Your presence within me, in that intimate sanctuary of my soul where I can always find You, even when I do not feel Your presence. Of what importance is feeling? Perhaps You are all the closer when I feel You less.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
'It seems to me that I have found my heaven on earth,
because my heaven is You, my God, and You are in my soul. You in me, and
I in You - may this be my motto.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
'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.' (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)
Elizabeth of the Trinity, on this day of your canonization, please pray
for us. May we each be given grace to love and adore the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit. May we provide a refuge of love for God always, in the
Bethanys of our hearts.
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