January 13, 2016
St. Edith Stein
“In his homily at the canonization Mass of Edith Stein, a convert to Catholicism from Judaism, a Carmelite Sister, and Martyr, St. Pope John Paul II said: ‘Because she was Jewish, Edith Stein was taken with her sister Rosa and many other Catholics and Jews from the Netherlands to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where she died with them in the gas chambers.
Today we remember them all with deep respect. A few days before her deportation, the woman religious had dismissed the question about a possible rescue: ‘Do not do it! Why should I be spared? Is it not right that I should gain no advantage from my Baptism? If I cannot share the lot of my brothers and sisters, my life, in a certain sense, is destroyed.’”
“Addressing himself to the young people gathered for the canonization, the pope said: ‘Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.’”
To discover more on the life of this amazing woman, please visitAmerican Catholic.
Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: “Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth.” St. Edith Stein