SAINT TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS

(1891-1942)

FEAST DAY:  AUGUST 9TH

Edith Stein was born at Breslau into a Jewish family in Breslau, Germany in 1891.  In 1904 she abandoned her Jewish faith and became an atheist.  She entered the University of Göttingen where she studied philosophy.  In 1916 she earned a doctorate in philosophy and became well known in Europe for her thinking.    She became interested in the Catholic faith, studying the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Teresa of Avila.  In 1922 she was baptized into the Catholic faith.  She pursued the Catholic faith becoming a teacher at the Dominican school in Speyer.  In 1934, Edith Stein entered the Carmelit Order and was known as Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  Because of the Nazis persecution she fled to the Netherlands in 1938.  She and her fellow sister Rosa were arrested by the Nazis in 1942 because Adolph Hitler had ordered the liquidation of all non-Aryan Catholics.  In 1942 she was taken to Auschwitz where on August 9th or 10th was put to death in the gas chambers.  During her years as a Catholic she wrote extensively on spiritual and philosophical subjects.  In 1987, Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein giving her the title "Blessed".  She was canonized and made a Saint by Pope John Paul II on October 11, 1998.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Today, ask Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross to give us the courage to speak the truths of the Catholic faith in all adversity.

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VOLUME IV FROM COLLECTED WORKS OF EDITH STEIN, FROM THE CARMELITES