Like once the first—I understand exactly.
You were the pathfinder for the first coming.
Now you are clearing the way to the kingdom of glory.
You came to me—do I now understand the message?
The Queen of Carmel sent you.
Where else was she to find hearts prepared
If not in her quiet sanctuary?
Her people, which are yours: your Israel,
I’ll take it up into the lodgings of my heart.
Praying secretly and sacrificing secretly,
I’ll take it home to my Savior’s heart.
You have understood, and so I can depart.
I am sure the guest will not be forgotten
Who came to you at the hour of midnight.
We’ll meet again on the great day,
The day of manifest glory,
When above the head of the Queen of Carmel
The crown of stars will gleam brilliantly,
Because the twelve tribes will have found their Lord.
Saint Edith Stein
Conversation at Night (excerpt)
Stein, E. 2014, The Hidden Life: hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts, translated from the German by Stein, W, ICS Publications, Washington DC.