Quote of the day, 6 January: St. Edith Stein

Today we live again in a time that urgently needs to be renewed at the hidden springs of God-fearing souls. Many people, too, place their last hope in these hidden springs of salvation.

This is a serious warning cry: Surrender without reservation to the Lord who has called us. This is required of us so that the face of the earth may be renewed. In faithful trust, we must abandon our souls to the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit.

It is not necessary that we experience the epiphany in our lives. We may live in confident certainty that what the Spirit of God secretly effects in us bears its fruits in the kingdom of God. We will see them in eternity.

Saint Edith Stein

The Hidden Life and Epiphany

Stein, E. 2014, The Hidden Life: hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts, translated from the German by Stein, W, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

Featured image: This detailed image of Cologne Cathedral‘s stained glass window devoted to the adoration of the magi is a fitting tribute to the cathedral’s most precious treasure: the shrine of the Three Magi. The relics of the three Magi were given to Cologne in 1164 by the Holy Roman Emperor; they had been in Milan before then, having come from Constantinople, thanks to St. Helena. Image credit: Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr (Some rights reserved)

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