In this concise introduction to and anthology of the works of the young Carmelite from Dijon, Marian Murphy mines Elizabeth’s writings – her diary, letters, and poetry—for the most significant extracts that present the saint’s spiritual doctrine, then presents them with useful introductions and commentary.
Always Believe in Love is an excellent primer for those just discovering Elizabeth as well as a handy reference work for those wanting to deepen their familiarity with the saint’s key writings.
The book contains photos and a chronology of St. Elizabeth’s life.
Marian Murphy has had a longtime interest in Elizabeth of the Trinity and has both written and lectured widely on Elizabeth’s works and spiritual teachings. In addition to this book, she has written The Vast Triangled Heart, a study of the life and spirituality of Elizabeth of the Trinity (Gracewing, 2011), and has also produced a series of audio lectures on the saint.
She holds a master’s degree in pastoral and religious education from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England. Marian loves literature, nature, and music and enjoys playing violin in a local orchestra. She lives in Liverpool with her husband, David.
In effect, the book provides five different Ways of the Cross which the reader can use for prayer. A complete set of reflections from each saint includes a brief Scripture passage, followed by a selection from the saint’s writings; footnotes identify the source document for each.
These saints have a perennial message for us, helping us to mine, as St. John of the Cross described it, the deep, inexhaustible love and riches of Christ, especially demonstrated in his Passion, death and resurrection.
The Way of the Cross with the Carmelite Saints is an ideal prayer resource for the Lenten season, or for personal prayer and reflection at any time throughout the year.
This second of three volumes of her Complete Works contains all of Elizabeth's surviving letters from Carmel, along with 8 photos. In simple and tender language, writing to friends and family, Elizabeth returns again and again to the great themes of her spirituality: the indwelling Trinity, silence and solitude, living by love, becoming a "praise of glory" (laudem gloriae) by sharing in the dying and rising of Jesus Christ. Here too we find many of her best-known sayings, e.g., "I have found my heaven on earth, for heaven is God, and God is in my soul."
In his introductions and careful notes, Father Conrad De Meester, O.C.D., explains the background of each of Elizabeth's letters from Carmel, most of which have never before appeared in English. Anne Englund Nash continues the style set in the first volume of the Complete Works, presenting a translation that reflects both the literary nuances and spirit of the original French texts.