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From Vatican Information Service


VATICAN CITY, - On Sunday October 11 at 10 a.m., the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Square and canonized Blessed Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein, 1891-1942), who was a Discalced Carmelite sister, and martyr.

A prayer.

Saint Edith Stein, holy martyr, philosopher of truth, defender of the human person against the evils of this age + enlighten our minds, illumine our hearts, fill our lives with the passion of your love for the Cross. Amen.

Edith Stein Links

Vatican Information Service article about the new saint Gives her biography and the story of her martyrdom.

The Pope on Edith Stein from his Angelus remarks of October 11th.

The Vocation of the Soul to Eternal Life, a short excerpt from Edith Stein's definitive work, "Finite and Eternal Being".

Volume IV of the Collected Works of bl. Edith Stein The Hidden Life, hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts of Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Discalced Carmelite. Much of this was written while she was in refuge from the Nazis in Holland.

Bl. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on-line Carmelites

Edith + Convert, Nun, Martyr "Stein is one of those people whose entire life seems to be a sign."

Edith Stein a short on-line biography.

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A poem by Edith Stein

+ From a Pentecost Novena

1.Who are you, sweet light, that fills me

And illumines the darkness of my heart?

You lead me like a mother's hand,

And should you let go of me,

I would not know how to take another step.

You are the space

That embraces my being and buries it in yourself.

Away from you it sinks into the abyss

Of nothingness, from which you raised it to the light.

You, nearer to me than I to myself

And more interior than my most interior

And still impalpable and intangible

And beyond any name:

Holy Spirit eternal love!

2. Are you not the sweet manna

That from the Son's heart

Overflows into my heart,

The food of angels and the blessed?

He who raised himself from death to life,

He has also awakened me to new life

>From the sleep of death.

And he gives me new life from day to day,

And at some time his fullness is to stream through me,

Life of your life indeed, you yourself:

Holy Spirit eternal life!

3. Are you the ray

That flashes down from the eternal Judge's throne

And breaks into the night of the soul

That had never known itself?

Mercifully relentlessly

It penetrates hidden folds.

Alarmed at seeing itself,

The self makes space for holy fear,

The beginning of that wisdom

That comes from on high

And anchors us firmly in the heights,

Your action,

That creates us anew:

Holy Spirit ray that penetrates everything!

4.Are you the spirit's fullness and the power

By which the Lamb releases the seal

Of God's eternal decree?

Driven by you

The messengers of judgement ride through the world

And separate with a sharp sword

The kingdom of light from the kingdom of night.

Then heaven becomes new and new the earth,

And all finds its proper place

Through your breath:

Holy Spirit victorious power!

5. Are you the master who builds the eternal cathedral,

Which towers from the earth through the heavens?

Animated by you, the columns are raised high

And stand immovably firm.

Marked with the eternal name of God,

They stretch up to the light,

Bearing the dome,

Which crowns the holy cathedral,

Your work that encircles the world:

Holy Spirit God's molding hand!

6. Are you the one who created the unclouded mirror

Next to the Almighty's throne,

Like a crystal sea,

In which Divinity lovingly looks at itself?

You bend over the fairest work of your creation,

And radiantly your own gaze

Is illumined in return.

And of all creatures the pure beauty

Is joined in one in the dear form

Of the Virgin, your immaculate bride:

Holy Spirit Creator of all!

7.Are you the sweet song of love

And of holy awe

That eternally resounds around the triune throne,

That weds in itself the clear chimes of each and every being?

The harmony,

That joins together the members to the Head,

In which each one

Finds the mysterious meaning of his being blessed

And joyously surges forth,

Freely dissolved in your surging:

Holy Spirit eternal jubilation!

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