Dear Herr Kaufmann,
This letter [of yours] was an unexpected major achievement. I know how difficult it is for you to write, and therefore I thank you doubly for it.
Why do you regret that you spoke openly with me then? You must have realized that all your misgivings could not touch me in the least. And if you gave me a glimpse of your innermost thoughts, then I was only grateful for it. I always appreciate being able to see a person’s distress at close range and very clearly, because then I am better able to know what I must ask on his behalf. I believe there is hardly anything else I can do for you right now. Arguments will be of no help to you. Were one able to free you from all argumentation, then you would be helped.
And advice? I have given you my advice: Become like a child and lay your life with all the searching and ruminating into the Father’s hand. If that cannot yet be achieved, then plead; plead with the unknown and doubted God for help in reaching it. Now you look at me in amazement that I do not hesitate to come to you with wisdom as simple as that of a child. It is wisdom because it is simple, and all mysteries are concealed in it. And it is a way that most certainly leads to the goal.
Saint Edith Stein
Letter 42a to Fritz Kaufmann (excerpts)
6 January 1927
From St. Magdalena convent, Speyer
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.