I am not she—but I know her very well,
And it is my joy to serve her.
I am of her people, her blood,
And once I risked my life for this people.
You recall her when you hear my name.
My life serves as an image of hers for you.
Saint Edith Stein
(Esther speaks of the Virgin Mary in “Conversation at Night”)
The Hidden Life: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Book 4 ICS Publications, Washington DC © Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, Inc.