Dear Sister Callista,
Your farewell note is still in my purse. I wanted so much to answer it at once but did not get around to it. I wanted to tell you that no words at all were necessary. There are matters that are best understood without words [On 17 September, Canon Joseph Schwind, her spiritual director, died suddenly]. I know there is no one in St. Magdalena who more truly shared my joys and sorrows than you. Only do not think of the sorrow as too great and the joys too meager. Heaven never takes anything from us without making it up to us beyond measure. […]
Saint Edith Stein
Letter 44 to Sr. Callista Kopf, O.P.
12 October 1927
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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.