Edith and her sister
Edith - Philosopher


Edith Stein was born in 1891, the last of seven children of Jewish parents in the country of Poland.  She had a loss faith during her university years in Breslau while earning and achieving a doctorate in Philosophy by the year 1916.  She assisted Edmund Husserl who was the founder of "phenomenology".  Karol Woytia (Pope John Paul 2) examined this modern current of philosophy in his own doctoral dissertation. 

CONVERSION OF TRUTHIn 1921 after reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, she had a conversion of "truth" and was baptized into the Catholic Church on January 1, 1922.  She published essays and lectured in support of women's education and professional status.  She also translated writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Cardinal Newman. 

RELIGIOUS ORDERSEdith entered the Carmel of Cologne in Oct. 1933 and received the religious name that reflected her love for Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross: Teresa Benedicta a Cruce (Teresa Blessed by the Cross).  During World War 2, the Nazi's depicted Jews in a terrible way.  Her reaction was to write her autobiography "Life In A Jewish Family" to bring to light the best qualities of the Jewish family. 

SCIENCE OF THE CROSS!   Edith has shared with us her "Science of the Cross" which holds the mystery of joy in suffering, of victory of failure, and of dying and rising with Christ.  Her essay, "Love of The Cross" reads:  "To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one's feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father's right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels - this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth." 

PERSECUTION AND DEATHShe was arrested in 1942 by the Nazi's because of her Jewish ancestry and was then martyred at the Auschwitz concentration camp.  She was gassed and cremated on August 9, 1942.  Pope John Paul II canonized St. Teresa Benedicta a Cruce on October 11, 1998.  Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) is truly a saint for modern times.  She wanted to offer her life and her prayers, in this ascetic community to save mankind.




AUGUST 9, 1942 - AUGUST 9, 2002