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The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity

The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic
Elizabeth of the Trinity


Father Mitch Pacwa interviews our own Dr. Anthony Lilles on the life and ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic who will be canonized tomorrow, Sunday October 16, 2016: Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906). Her canonization will be aired live on EWTN at 4:15 a.m. Eastern time.

Dr. Lilles first came across her writings when he was studying the theology of St. John Paul II. Besides the indwelling of the Trinity, Dr. Lilles discusses Elizabeth of the Trinity’s mission in heaven and what kind of help to ask this new saint for. Other topics are prayer, silence, trust, spending time with the Lord, humility, living by faith and why Elizabeth of the Trinity is so important for our times today.


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Elizabeth Catez (Elizabeth of the Trinity)


elizabeth-of-the-trinity-book-cover600widthTo learn more about Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity and the life of a Praise of Glory, please see Sister Giovanna della Croce’s Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God, published in September 2016 by Sophia Institute Press.

In our noisy culture, Elizabeth of the Trinity reminds us of God’s power to establish in us a profound and peaceful stillness. She reminds us that that the Trinity is our home, and that God has created us in order to be united to Christ. In these pages, Sister Giovanna della Croce presents a brief and readable introduction to the teachings of Elizabeth of the Trinity, showing us the true path to contemplative prayer.

To learn more or purchase the book, click here.

To “make a retreat” with Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, please click here to visit for Dr. Anthony Lilles’ beautiful explanations of her retreat Heaven in Faith.


National Celebration of Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Canonization


We are excited to announce that on, Sunday, November 6th, 2016, the Avila Foundation will be co-hosting the National Celebration of the Canonization of Elisabeth of the Trinity.

Please click below to support or join us for this celebration of the making of a saint!

Click HERE for more information or to register.

Video and video stills for this post and presentation used with permission of EWTN, all rights reserved. Cover of Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God by Sr. Giovanna della Croce and translated by Julie Enzler, used with permission.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • 7cathy17

    This was a beautiful program ,I saw/listened to the encore.Thanks for re posting the program here.

  • Patricia

    Gratitude and thanks to Dr. Lilles for his outstanding contributions to contemporary Catholic Spirituality, especially the intellectual study and practice of authentic prayer rooted in the wisdom of many contemplative saints and the Magisterium of the Church. The more we know, the more we love; the more we love, the more we grow in knowing God. Beautiful….Blessings….Beatitude!

    • LizEst

      …and thanks to you, Patricia, for a wonderful summation of just some of Dr. Lilles’ work! God bless you!

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