Day 30 - Thursday, March 14th - Sorrowful Mysteries in THANKSGIVING
One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.
- St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD (Edith Stein)
Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross 1891 - 1942) was a convert from Judaism. She was a brilliant scholar who became a Carmelite nun. Like St. Maximilian Kolbe, she perished in the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.
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"We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our century. It was the synthesis of a history full of deep wounds that are still hurting ... and also the synthesis of the full truth about man. All this came together in a single heart that remained restless and unfulfilled until it finally found rest in God." These were the words of Pope John Paul II when he beatified Edith Stein in Cologne on 1 May 1987.
This saint experienced the Passion of Christ in her own life and death. Let us ask her help as we pray today's Sorrowful Mysteries.
On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz. It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed. When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured "a daughter of Israel", as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness."