A Carmelite, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, wrote this beautiful prayer to the Holy Trinity in 1904. Our priest at mass this morning shared it with us, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. What an awesome thing to contemplate – that the Holy Trinity lives within each of us!
Once, a woman followed me out of the adoration chapel. She said that she believed that God wanted her to give me a message. I said, “O.K., what is the message?” The woman told me, “God said to tell you that He is closer to you than you think. Just listen to the beating of your own heart.” I thanked the woman and hugged her, and we both went our own ways.
I don’t know for sure if she was hearing the Lord’s voice, but her words have really impacted me. I remember them often when I am yearning for God’s presence. I try to quiet myself enough to become aware of the pounding of my heart within my chest.
The Trinity lives in us! We don’t have to search for God. He is always with us – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – close within.
Prayer of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:
O my God, Trinity whom I adore; help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action.
O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You…even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to “clothe me with Yourself,” to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior.
O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance.
O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, “come upon me,” and 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. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; “cover her with Your shadow,” seeing in her only the “Beloved in whom You are well pleased.”
O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.