Tuesday, August 09, 2005

St. Edith Stein

Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein. Pope John Paul not only canonized her but proclaimed her a co-patroness of Europe. Born Jewish, she became an atheist and eventually converted to the Catholic Church, became a Carmelite, and was murdered by the Nazis in a concentration camp.
Here is a saint who experienced in her own life and death the depths to which Europe had sunk. She is a great patron to pray too that Europe may rediscover its Christian roots.


Moneybags said...

I have never heard of her although she brings to mind St. Maximillian Kolbe, who gave his life in a concentration camp so that a father might be spared. They are truly great examples of living our life in love of our neighbor, since Christ loved us to death and they loved their fellow man to death out of love for God.

Deep Furrows said...

Have you seen the Redemptoris Mater Chapel?

Blessed Edith Stein is shown to the right of the Ascension/ Pentecost as kneeling and embracing the burning bush.