Friday 9 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Teresa Benedicta of The Cross. Day of Penance

Deuteronomy 4:32-40. Psalm 76:12-16, 21. Matthew 16:24-28.

I remember the deeds of the Lord – Psalm 76:12-16, 21.

‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’

Dr Edith Stein was a significant philosopher in Germany between the wars. Born as the youngest daughter of a Jewish single-parent family, her writing and teaching brought her acclaim. While her decision to be baptised grieved her mother, her deepening love of Christ led her to the signature joy of her life.

Entering the Carmelite monastery at Cologne aged 42, she continued writing, completing her translation of Aquinas’ On Truth, a metaphysical treatise, a profile of Teresa of Avila, and her most famous work Science of the Cross.

Meanwhile, as the murderous Nazi campaign against the Jewish people advanced, Stein fled to a monastery in the Netherlands. In 1942 she was detained by the SS. Witnesses spoke of her incredible faith and calm as she placed her trust in God. She was killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau and is a patron saint of Europe. May her courageous witness give us inspiration.

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