ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS

Today, August 9th, we celebrate the Feast Day of...

Who: St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross, aka Edith Stein, Virgin and Martyr. 

What: She was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is one of six co-patron saints of Europe.

When: (1891-1942) canonized in 1998 by JPII

Where: Germany, Holland

Why:

Born into an Orthodox Jewish family, and an atheist as a young adult, she converted to Catholicism after reading the works of St. Teresa of Ávila.

She was imprisoned and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Survivors of the death camp testified that she helped the other sufferers with great compassion. She died in the gas chambers in 1942 at the age of fifty-one.

She lived a beautiful life of dedication, consecration, prayer, fasting, and penance during (and despite) the unspeakably dark and evil times of Nazi Germany.

Her writings and life point women of today towards a brand of feminism that is both empowering and faithful to Christ and His Church.

☕️Two of her best known works include The Science of the Cross, and Finite and Eternal Being.

Famous Quote:

“Each woman who lives in the light of eternity can fulfill her vocation, no matter if it is in marriage, in a religious order, or in a worldly profession.”