Saint of the Week: St. Edith Stein | d. 1942 | Feast: August 9th
This weekend we honor a modern martyr: Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Creator Mundi carries a beautiful and symbolically rich plaque honoring her life and witness – after you’ve read of her life and contemplated her wise words below, click here to see our St. Edith Stein plaque – where we describe her life’s intellectual work. Our plaque shows St. Teresa deep at work writing her masterpiece, an illumination of St. Thomas Aquinas’ theology through the light and focus of the modern “phenomenological” philosophy.
Her radiant intellect is a testament to the sheer and unfathomable power of the gift of mind that God gives us; her conversion to Catholicism and entry into the monastic life is a testament to the strength of the soul ever-yearning for peace within God; and her martyrdom during the Holocaust stands as a stark reminder that the world is a fraught place for believers. In the end, however, her martyrdom has illuminated and inspired thousands of souls to turn to God – and for that, for the marriage of her towering intellect with her deeply human and passionate yearning and witness for God, we celebrate St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross).
These wise words of St. Teresa’s apply now more than ever. Amid all the noise, how hard it can be to drink of the Wisdom that is freely available to us! Are there certain things that you do to center your morning in that grace and wisdom? If so, what are they? Some find a routine is central to grounding the morning in purpose; others find that it is spontaneity that waters the seed of divine energy within us. We would love to hear your comments below.