Advent IV — Sign

“Ask a sign from the Lord,” said the prophet to the king. St Edith Stein reminds us that by our lives and witness, we are called to be a sign in our day: “Surrender without reservation to the Lord who has called us.”

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Quote of the day, 18 October: St. Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein wrote to a Cistercian nun on this date in 1932 about sex education; Edith offers advice on “teaching the elementary facts of life and their meaning, honestly as well as realistically,” stating that it’s “far from dangerous.”

Quote of the day, 14 September: St. Edith Stein

For the renewal of vows at the Carmel of Echt in 1940, St. Edith Stein wrote a meditation for the prioress at her request. We share the final section of the meditation where Edith presents a striking response to the age-old complaint that God doesn't hear our prayers. "What right have we to be heard?" Edith asks. Her own answer is decisive: "The day on which God has unrestricted power over our hearts we shall also have unrestricted power over his."

Quote of the day, 9 August: St. Edith Stein

Keenly aware of Europe's urgent situation, in 1939 God prompted St. Edith Stein to offer herself to "the Heart of Jesus as a sacrifice of propitiation for true peace." We examine her request in the light of Carmelite spirituality and the examples of Discalced Carmelite martyrs who made similar offerings in centuries past.

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