Tuesday, August 08, 2006

St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross

This is a very interesting article about St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), she is one of the more controversial saints canonised by the late Pope, partly because she was made a patron of Europe and liturgically she is kept as a Feast rather than a simple Memoria. As a martyr there is no need for any miracles as a sign that she is now in heaven and there does not seem to be much of a cultus, there is also no witness to her actual death, she was certainly killed in the gaschambers but actually for her race (she was Jewish) rather than her faith in, and witness to, Jesus Christ.

Her philosophy was and attempt to make sense of suffering and death, which culminatined in her conversion, her life as a Carmelite and ultimately her death.

No comments:

The Lord’s descent into the underworld

At Matins/the Office of Readings on Holy Saturday the Church gives us this 'ancient homily', I find it incredibly moving, it is abou...