When Elizabeth Catez entered the Carmel in Dijon, France in 1901 at the age of twenty-one, she was required to complete the “Postulant’s Questionnaire”. Her responses are striking:
What is your ideal for sanctity?
To live from love.
What is the quickest way to attain it?
To make oneself as small as possible, to surrender oneself without reserve.
Which saint do you love most?
The disciple Jesus loved, who rested his head on Jesus’ breast.
Which part of the Rule speaks most directly to you?
What is the dominant trait of your character?
Your favorite virtue?
Purity. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The fault you most abhor?
Egoism in general.
Give a basic definition of prayer.
The union of one who is not with the One who Is.
What is your favorite book?
The soul of Christ – it reveals to me all the secrets of the heavenly Father.
Do you have a powerful yearning for heaven?
I often long for that, but, apart from the beatific vision, I already possess heaven in my innermost soul.
In what disposition would you like to die?
I would like to die loving and thus collapse into the arms of the one I love.
What form of martyrdom would you desire most?
I love them all, especially the martyrdom of love.
What name would you like to bear in heaven?
The Will of God.
What is your motto?
God in me and I in Him.
I have found a beautiful site called Le Jour du Seigneur (The Day of the Lord), where you can watch an excellent video about Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. Even if you do not understand French, you may enjoy seeing Elizabeth’s bedroom at the Carmel in Dijon, her handwritten letters and listening to the Carmelite nuns reading excerpts from her books. (Once the video starts playing, you can click on the lower right-hand side to enlarge the screen).