August 09, 2006

August 9: the Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Martyr

She was born Edith Stein at Breslau, Germany, in 1891 of Jewish parents. She studied philosophy under Husserl, the leading phenomenologist of the time. She was received into the Catholic Church in 1922, and in the following year entered the Carmelite monastery in Cologne where she received the name Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. At the end of 1939 she moved to the monastery at Echt because of the Nazi persecution of Jews, but in 1942, during the German occupation of Holland she was arrested, transported to Poland, and killed at Aushchwitz.

My favorite image of her.