Monday, August 8, 2011

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, nee Edith Stein

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
nee Edith Stein

Remembering Edith Stein who died in the gas chamber because she was Jewish; she was not in any way a Christian martyr, though certainly a saint. Having grown up as an Orthodox Jew, she was led to Catholicism after a period of atheism. Edith was a brilliant student of Philosophy, but was not allowed to teach because she was Jewish. She became a Carmelite nun in her early forties, being given the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

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