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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The Pontiff of the Catholic Church who canonized Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a man who lived in the vicinity during the time when St. Teresa’s martyrdom took place, the Polish Pope, John Paul II. His homily given on the day Edith Stein was made a saint sums up this extraordinary woman’s life quite fittingly:
“A woman in search of the truth has become a saint and martyr through the silent workings of divine grace…With her whole being she sought the truth, of which she wrote: “No spiritual work comes into the world without great suffering. It always challenges the whole person”. For a long time Edith Stein was a seeker. Her mind never tired of searching and her heart always yearned for hope. She traveled the arduous path of philosophy with passionate enthusiasm. Eventually she was rewarded: she seized the truth. Or better: she was seized by it. She discovered that Truth had a name: Jesus Christ.”
May each of us, no matter our creed, follow Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s example by giving our best to seek and hopefully find our own version of divine Truth.
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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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The lives of Argentina’s President and First Lady who governed over South America’s second largest country from the late 1940’s and early 50’s have been likened by many to be the stuff of fairy tales.
However, directly beneath that fairy-taled exterior lay hints of an insidious horror story that concluded with an ending which was anything but happy.
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Luke 1:10-13 – “And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard.”
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Luke 1: 5-9 – “There was in the days of Herod, the King of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.”
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