Feast Day of Saint Edith Stein: 9 August

August 9, 2016 – 9:31 am

On the 9th of August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Edith Stein, ACU’s patron saint of research.

St Edith Stein was a brilliant German Jewish philosopher, earning her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Freiburg in 1916. After reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism as a Roman Catholic in 1922. She later joined the Carmelities, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith wrote many philosophical texts integrating her faith with her training in phenomenology.

After living in the Cologne Carmel (1934-38), she moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands, which the Nazis occupied in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on 9 August 1942.

A photograph of Edith Stein taken circa 1930

Edith Stein / Photo / c.1930. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 8 Aug 2016.

Edith Stein works held by ACU Library

Finite and eternal being : An attempt at an ascent to the meaning of being Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, Institute of Carmelite Studies, 2002.

Knowledge and faith Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 2000.

The science of the Cross Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 2002.

Edith Stein: Essential Writings New York: Orbis, 2002.

On the problem of empathy  3rd Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 1989


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