For our ninth meditation in this novena, we read St. Edith Stein's letter to her prioress requesting permission to offer herself "to the Heart of Jesus as a sacrifice of propitiation for true peace." She is insistent "because it is the twelfth hour. I know that I am a nothing, but Jesus desires it." Thank you for joining us in prayer for this novena.
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Eight
Upon the death of a lay sister in the Carmel of Cologne, St. Edith Stein wrote to a friend that she was not worried about her "Master" Edmund Husserl, who was seriously ill and, in fact, would die one month later. Edith had one, straightforward reason not to worry: "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"
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Seven
In lectures delivered during the summer of 1932, St. Edith Stein addressed the problems of women's education. In one lecture, she mentioned the Church's position on women and demonstrated how, despite patriarchal viewpoints that claim a woman's place is in the home, theologians have been able to examine liberal feminist claims to evaluate their "compatibility with the entire Catholic philosophy of life." St. Edith states that the Church's serenity lies in her ability to preserve eternal truth while adjusting with "unmatchable elasticity" to the "circumstances and challenges of changing times."
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Six
Today St. Edith Stein shares with a close friend that Edith realized religious life isn't a matter of naval-gazing but rather an imperative "to carry the divine life" into the world. And the "the deeper one is drawn into God", the greater is this mandate.
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Five
St. Edith Stein the philosopher introduces us to the basic "dilemma of all human philosophizing: truth is but one, yet for us in falls into truths (plural) that we must master step by step." Sooner or later, she says, we have to dive in.
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Four
St. Edith Stein the catechist teaches us today that "God the Creator is present in each thing and sustains it in existence [...] God dwells in this manner in every human soul, also." The soul, Edith says, "is in his power." As St. Edith said after she read St. Teresa's autobiography, "This is truth." Jesus tells, "you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Three
Writing to a former student from St. Magdalena teachers college in Speyer, St. Edith Stein assumes the role of spiritual director. In this letter from 1936, she counsels the young woman not to seek changes that are "apt to disturb one's inner peace" because whenever we attempt to get rid of one cross, we usually get a heavier cross, instead. Two years later, this student would become a Discalced Carmelite postulant in the Carmel of Kordel.
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day Two
Today St. Edith Stein teaches us that compassionate love and mercy flow "from the divine heart." The prophet Isaiah reminds us that "the Lord waits to be gracious;" and "all those who wait for him" are blessed.
St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day One
The prophets called on God’s people to wait with hope. St. Edith wrote, “to suffer and to be happy although suffering […] this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.”
St. Edith Stein Novena 2021, Day 2: The Doctrine of the Darkest Path
The darkest path is the most secure: "Whoever seeks God and nothing else is not wandering in darkness no matter how dark and poor you think you are."
St. Edith Stein Novena 2021, Day 1: Go forth into the desert
"This prophet whom God commanded to go forth into the desert... is to be the model of all who withdraw into solitude"
St. Edith Stein Novena 2021: Introduction
"It always seemed to me that our Lord was keeping something for me in Carmel that I could find only there"
Quote of the day: 5 November
What a treasure the Lord has given me in allowing me to live in Carmel!
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Help us to follow the way of Saint Thérèse with confidence
Elijah, our Guide and Father
All of the Carmelites proclaim Elijah to be their guide and father
Quote of the day: 15 July
How good it is in Carmel!
Quote of the day: 9 July
Carmel finds in Mary the fullness of the spirit that is its own
Quote of the day: 30 June
For Secular Carmelites, Mary is a model of total commitment to God’s Kingdom
Quote of the day: 31 May
The breath of the Holy Spirit is too delicate to be exposed to noise or exterior agitation
Dejarse sorprender por Dios — Mons. Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
No es fácil dejarse sorprender por Dios