“God is truth. All who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not.” #StEdithStein #quoteTweet
Our Sister Clara departed today for eternity, very gently, after a year of suffering. I commended our dear Master (Edmund Husserl) to her often, and I will do so again tonight at the wake. I believe one is well taken care of in her company. She was our eldest lay sister, tireless in the lowliest of tasks, but a strong and manly character who had grasped and lived the Carmelite ideal with complete determination [Cf. The Way of Perfection, 7:8, 21:2]. So faith turned it into a completely spiritual life.
I am not at all worried about my dear Master. It has always been far from me to think that God’s mercy allows itself to be circumscribed by the visible church’s boundaries. God is truth. All who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not.
Saint Edith Stein
Letter 259 to Sr. Adelgundis Jaegerschmid, OSB
23 March 1938
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.
Featured image: St. Edith Stein’s passport photo, ca. 1938. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)
Well, now I’ve learned something.
“Do not accept anything as truth that lacks love, and do not accept anything as love that lacks truth.”
What a great sentiment from St. John Paul II, often misattributed to Edith. Thanks for the reminder!