A Prayer of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
from Drink of the Stream
Compiled by Penny Hicks, O.C.D.S.
May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love. May nothing distract me from You, neither noise nor diversions, nothing. O my Master, I would so love to live with You in silence. But what i love above all is to do Your will, and since You want me to still remain in the world, I submit with all my heart for love of You. I offer You the cell of my heart; may it be Your little Bethany. Come rest there; I love You so.
The fruit of much trial in the past few days is to reflect upon how much and how intensely I love God. To see Him once again dragged through the streets, spat upon, and crucified, reminds me of my complicity--mostly a complicity of silence, sometimes of silent agreement.
I am trying to clear the cell of my heart, to make the little Bethany Blessed Elizabeth speaks of. But it seems everytime I remove some debris, I sit down again, exhausted and create more. Entropy threatens to win, until God uses an occasion to open the windows, let in light, and remind us that despite all appearances, He is still in charge.
So though many are treading the via dolorosa because Jesus has once again been denied, they are more aware of Him. He will triumph in the end, and He will rescue us from all that would destroy us utterly. For a little while, it is Good to be the Cyrene, and help however little to carry the cross. The indignity our Precious Lord has suffered over the past few days because of the deluded enthusiasm of many and the outright diabolism of a few we can take part in.