Both Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe are two 20th century religious people whose lives the Catholic Church have venerated under a particular subcategory known as “the Auschwitz saints”. August 9th marks the feast day of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross better known by her birth name of Saint Edith Stein and Saint Maxmilian Kolbe’s feast day follows 5 days later on August 14th.
In this fascinating and uniquely provocative book, Brad Kronen supports his belief that only by remembering the horrors from a non-humanitarian time in the not so distant past can the modern world ensure itself a more civil, ethical, and globally egalitarian future.
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Part II left off after the emergence of a new layer of Hell which Roman Polanski was forced to face, that being Life following the gruesome murders of his wife Sharon Tate and unborn son. As this series has repeatedly shown, the man has been no stranger to horrific tragedy but it must be said the continuity of tragic theme throughout his life is nothing short of astounding when considering his pregnant wife’s murder to that of his pregnant mother’s untimely death in Auschwitz, to even the subject matter of the film he had just finished directing before calamity struck where in “Rosemary’s Baby” a pregnant woman is besieged by the followers of a Satanic cult. This thread of tragic theme is reflected in Polanski’s chart with the most elevated planet being the Moon, the planet of motherhood and pregnancy conjunct the planet of death and anything of cult-like status, Pluto by one degree.
The aspect about the myth of Persephone which I find most fascinating can also be directly applied to the life of Roman Polanski. What binds Persephone to the Underworld is the eating of six seeds which can be interpreted as the innocently pure maiden ingesting the darkness of her captor and it taking hold or in the literal sense takes “seed” to further grow in her psyche. Said another way by being exposed to Hades/Pluto’s violence, lust, and assertion of power, Persephone has the potential for those very same Plutonian expressions at her disposal since she has eaten that which comes from the Lord of the Underworld’s domain. In the same vein, as a helpless child the director had his mother taken from him, followed later by both his wife and helpless unborn child being destroyed, yet when the opportunity arose Mr. Polanski as a 43 year old adult at the time felt the impulsive need to sexually dominate a victim who was herself, a mere child.
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As with anything possessing key significance within the Universe, Pluto’s conjunction to the Moon has repercussions in both the positive and negative spectrums for Polanski. The primal power created by their conjunction in the positive spectrum enabled the man to survive both his childhood and the War. Yet the Moon being placed next to Pluto produced repercussions deep within the negative spectrum that have held influence over the darkest depths of Polanski’s psyche, causing him to act from a place of pure impulse with no rational thought or moral sense of judgement being applied whenever triggered. All in all the repercussions from both spectrums would indicate that Roman Polanski has existed in a state of inner unrest for most of his life.
Inner unrest that throughout the course of his life would drive him to search for that most elusive treasure which lies beneath the Moon’s domain – the inner peace and fulfilling contentment brought about by emotional security.
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There are some people in this world whose lives are not to be believed. With a statement of that kind, one immediately assumes a reference is being made to those who are maverick rogues or bold adventurers due to the automatic presumption their lives are THAT exciting and function wholly within the positive spectrum of things.
Not so with Roman Polanski.
Practically from the moment the man entered this plane of existence, he was forced to face horrors so profoundly disturbing, one has a hard time accepting the fact these various layers of Hell were all experienced by the same individual over the course of just his life span.
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I have always been fascinated by authoritative figures within the realm of organized religion who come from backgrounds that are anything but religious or where they begin life following a faith with a foundation that seems almost diametrically opposed from the one they come to eventually embrace. Thus is the case with a Jewish woman born as Edith Stein who would eventually become the Catholic saint named Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Within Catholicism’s School of Saints, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is truly unique. Although reaching the highest level of Catholic spirituality, as a canonized saint Edith’s identity is still closely intertwined with her religion of birth given the fact Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ life ended in Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi extermination centers established during the Second World War which were built with the intent of annihilating the Jewish people as a whole.
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I got the call around 6:45PM. On the other end of the phone a woman’s voice tossed me a tailor made gauntlet of challenge, “If you’re still serious about meeting Alex, be at the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire by 8:00.” Considering I lived 45 minutes away in non-traffic time with it being the week […]
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