Edith Stein: philosopher and martyr

0812m22aEdith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, is my dearest saint… Her feast day is today, August 9. She died as a martyr on August 9, 1942 in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.

A Hebrew. A philosopher. A Carmelite nun. A martyr. Converted from Judaism to Catholicism through the filter of atheism. She went from philosophical speculation to the convent after one day be “enlightened” by reading the life of St. Teresa of Avila.

Her holiness is extraordinarily close to the heart and hopes of contemporary men, to their doubts, to their deep lacerations, in the groove of a terribly century, full of violence and atheistic spirit.

“A personality – said about her John Paul II – that carries in her intense life a dramatic synthesis of our century.”


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