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August 9, 2014

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), martyr

Matthew 17: 14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him,and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

An Intelligent, Faith-filled Woman

Edith Stein was born, the eleventh child in an observant Jewish family, on the Feast of the Atonement, Yom Kippur, October 12, 1891, in Breslau, Germany, and she died, as a Carmelite nun, in the gas chamber at Auschwitz, Poland, August 9, 1942, because of her Jewish roots. I leave it to you to learn the details of her conversion. Edith was a brilliant student of philosophy.

She and Martin Heidegger were both graduate assistants to Edmund Husserl in Freiburg, where she received her doctorate in philosophy with the highest honors (summa cum laude). She dedicated much of her energy to the cause of the advancement of women. And, just because she was a woman, it was really impossible for her in those days to obtain a teaching position which matched her talents. There is an old saying that when one studies theology it is a matter of faith seeking understanding. The life of Edith Stein was, rather, a matter of understanding; that is, intelligence seeking faith. She is indeed a model and saintly intercessor for intelligent faith-filled women.

—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.

Prayer

When night comes, and retrospect shows that everything was patchwork and much that one had planned left undone, when so many things rouse shame and regret, then take all as is, lay it in God’s hands, and offer it up to Him. In this way we will be able to rest in Him, actually to rest and to begin the new day like a new life.

—Edith Stein


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August 9, 2014

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), martyr

Matthew 17: 14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him,and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

An Intelligent, Faith-filled Woman

Edith Stein was born, the eleventh child in an observant Jewish family, on the Feast of the Atonement, Yom Kippur, October 12, 1891, in Breslau, Germany, and she died, as a Carmelite nun, in the gas chamber at Auschwitz, Poland, August 9, 1942, because of her Jewish roots. I leave it to you to learn the details of her conversion. Edith was a brilliant student of philosophy.

She and Martin Heidegger were both graduate assistants to Edmund Husserl in Freiburg, where she received her doctorate in philosophy with the highest honors (summa cum laude). She dedicated much of her energy to the cause of the advancement of women. And, just because she was a woman, it was really impossible for her in those days to obtain a teaching position which matched her talents. There is an old saying that when one studies theology it is a matter of faith seeking understanding. The life of Edith Stein was, rather, a matter of understanding; that is, intelligence seeking faith. She is indeed a model and saintly intercessor for intelligent faith-filled women.

—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.

Prayer

When night comes, and retrospect shows that everything was patchwork and much that one had planned left undone, when so many things rouse shame and regret, then take all as is, lay it in God’s hands, and offer it up to Him. In this way we will be able to rest in Him, actually to rest and to begin the new day like a new life.

—Edith Stein


Please share the Good Word with your friends!