Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity Prayer to the Trinity

(This was Elizabeth's personal prayer that she wrote out for herself on a special feast day. We prayed it multiple times during our retreat. So powerful!)

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 crature; "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.

-Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, 21 November 1904

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What phrases jump out at you when you read it?

I love "O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance" because I have such trouble staying focused right now in prayer and Adoration. I like saying "It's all on you Lord Jesus, YOU fascinate me so that my wandering mind ceases to lose focus during the day." :-)

I also was struck hard by the phrase "I surrender myself to You as Your prey." Don't you just feel sometimes that God swoop you up out of your life like an Eagle catching a little mouse? "Surrendering" is a big thing for me this month.

1 comment:

Carla Dobs said...

"O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be the bride of your heart"

Wow. That one speaks to me.

Carmelite nuns really understand the spousal dimension of our relationship with God...

Thanks for all the quotes...I am ordering the book to read during my upcoming trip to Ukraine to bring our little guy home!

Carla
www.bringinghenryhome.blogspot.com