Saint Edith Stein
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
October 12, 1891
August 9, 1942
Auschwitz concentration camp, Nazi-occupied Poland
Beatified: May 1, 1987
Canonized:October 11, 1998
Feast Day:August 9
Honored In: Roman Catholic Church
Patron Saint of:
Europe, those who have lost their parents, converted Jews
Lectio: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Lord, God of our fathers, you brought Saint Teresa Benedicta
to the fullness of the science of the cross at the hour of her martyrdom.
Fill us with that same knowledge; and, through her intercession,
allow us always to seek after you, the supreme truth,
and to remain faithful until death to the covenant of love
ratified in the blood of your Son for the salvation of all men and women.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Prayer of St. Edith Stein
Whatever did not fit in with my plan
did lie within the plan of God.
I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing
is merely an accident when seen in the light of God,
that my whole life down to the smallest details
has been marked out for me
in the plan of Divine Providence and has a
completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes.
And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory
wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.