Saint Edith Stein
Patron of "spiritual religiosity"
Invoked to accept and understand various religious viewpoints for "blending religions"
Feast Day: August 9
Edith was born into a family of Jewish Faith. At the age of 13 she began having interest in other religions and was a brilliant student who studied Philosophy and earned a Doctorate from the University Gottingen in Germany. She began reading the papers of Saint Teresa of Avila and was profoundly influenced. It is said that she was reading a particular manifesto of Saint Teresa’s whereupon she put the book down and declared, “This is it.” In 1922 she converted to Catholicism and was Baptized in Germany and became a Carmelite Nun. Her chosen name was Teresia Benedicta of the Cross. She worked as a teacher but was forced out of her vocation, perhaps due to the fact that she was Jewish and a Catholic, which left her ostracized and vilified. She traveled to Netherlands where she was uncovered, along with her sister, Rose, by the Nazi Regime and sent to the Concentration Camps in Auschwitz where she was gassed to death, wearing her Carmelite Habit with the Star of David scrawled upon it. © 2014
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