of the Trinity - Elizabeth Catez
Feast Day - November
Daughter of Captain Joseph Catez and Marie Catez. Her father died
when she was seven, leaving her mother to raise Elizabeth and
her sister Marguerite. Noted as a lively, popular girl, extremely
stubborn, given to fits of rage, with great reverence for God,
and an early attraction to a life of prayer and reflection. Gifted
pianist. Visited the sick and taught catechism to children.
Much against her mother's
wishes, she entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Dijon,
France on August 2, 1901. Though noted for great spiritual growth,
she was also plagued with periods of powerful darkness, and her
spiritual director expressed doubts over Elizabeth's vocation.
She completed her novitiate, and took her final vows on January
11, 1903. She became a spiritual director for many, and left a
legacy of letters and retreat guides.
Born - Sunday,
July 18, 1880 in a military camp in the diocese of Bourges, France
as Elizabeth Catez
9, 1906 of Addison's disease, a hormone disorder whose side effects
are painful and exhausting; her dying words, "I am going
to Light, to Love, to Life!"
November 25, 1984 by Pope John Paul II