ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS (EDITH STEIN):
WORDS FROM HER WRITING, THE “WISDOM OF THE CROSS”
Born into an observant German, Jewish family, but an atheist by her teenage years, St. Edith Stein (1891–1942) converted to Christianity in 1922 and was baptized into the Catholic Church. She was received into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a postulant in 1934, when she took the name Teresia Benedicta of the Cross. Although she moved from Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, in 1942 she was arrested and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she died in the gas chamber.
The gates of life open to believers in the Crucified
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