The Dove With the Scarlet Collar
Elena Maria Thierry was born in Mexico in 1879 and died in 1943. She came from a noble lineage and of French descent. Elena was blessed with many gifts on the natural level, and her faith was firm and strong. Yet, as a young woman, she had no attraction for the religious life. However, she was advised by a holy priest, Padre Rosas, that God wanted her to become a Carmelite.
Initially she felt "repugnance for all she knew about Carmel, but she feared disobeying Padre Rosas", and so she persevered and soon received the Habit of Carmel and was given the religious name of Sister Mary Elias of the Blessed Sacrament.
The revolution in Mexico which erupted in 1910 lead to a terrible persecution of the Catholic Church. It was necessary for Mother Mary Elias to rescue all the religious of her convent in Aquascalientes and take them to safety in Cuba. From there to the United States, where she founded four Carmelite monasteries.
Mother Mary Elias of the Blessed Sacrament was a great soul with a great love for God. His Divine Will, was her will.... His suffering, her suffering. As she lay dying she murmured: "Poor Jesus, poor Jesus"!