For some weeks I have returned to philosophical work and have a big task ahead for which I lack much, very much, of what is necessary to accomplish it [preparing Potency and Act for publication]. Were I not able to trust in the blessing of holy obedience and in the knowledge that the Lord can accomplish something through a totally weak and incapable tool when he wishes to do so, I would have to give up the race.
So now I do what I can, and allow myself to recoup courage before the tabernacle when it has been crushed by the erudition of other people.
Saint Edith Stein
Letter 204 to Mother Petra Brüning, O.S.U.
23 June 1935
Stein, E. 1993, Self-Portrait in Letters, 1916-1942, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Discalced Carmelite, translated from the German by Koeppel, J, ICS Publications, Washington DC.