Elizabeth was born in 1880 and died of Addison’s disease in 1906, five years after entering the Dijon Carmel. She was declared Blessed by Pope St John Paul II in 1984.
She said: “I find Him everywhere, while doing the washing as well as while praying.”
Her everyday spirituality led to frequent comparisons to her fellow Carmelite St Thérèse of Lisieux. The theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote a book-length comparison of the two, Two Sisters in the Spirit: Thérèse of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity.
Her spirituality is profoundly contemplative. She wrote: “We shall not be purified by looking at our miseries, but by gazing on him who is all purity and holiness.”
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints also approved a second miracle attributed to Blessed Emmanuel González García, Bishop of Palencia (1877-1940).
The Congregation approved miracles linked to the intercession by two Venerables, Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus (1894-1967), also a Carmelite, and Antonia Maria of St Joseph (1730-99), paving the way to beatification.
Eight Servants of God were declared to have “heroic virtues”, meaning that they will gain the title Venerable.
Blessed Elizabeth is likely to be canonised later in the year. A date is expected to be announced on March 15.
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