The Life and Thought of St. Edith Stein

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How do we judge that a life has been well spent? We look to the intentions of the person, the contribution made to society and, most of all to the fulfillment of God's will in that life. As a child and adult, Edith Stein made love of family, friends and the whole human race a priority in her life. As a German during World War I, she wanted to serve and to heal which she did as a Red Cross nurse. As a woman she wanted to fight for women's rights which she did as a very young suffragette and leader of the Catholic ...
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Overview

How do we judge that a life has been well spent? We look to the intentions of the person, the contribution made to society and, most of all to the fulfillment of God's will in that life. As a child and adult, Edith Stein made love of family, friends and the whole human race a priority in her life. As a German during World War I, she wanted to serve and to heal which she did as a Red Cross nurse. As a woman she wanted to fight for women's rights which she did as a very young suffragette and leader of the Catholic Women's Movement in Europe. Her hunger was to learn, to understand truth and to philosophize. Her seminal work as philosopher and theologian wedded phenomenology to scholasticism and brought her wide acclaim as an innovative thinker. As a Catholic, she wanted to be holy, both as a lay person and later as a contemplative nun. As a convert to Catholicism, she wanted to be faithful to her Jewish heritage, to share the fate of the Jews during the Holocaust in imitation of Christ's passion, and to expiate for the human sins which caused the Shoah. And she did all three -- to the point of martyrdom. On August 9, 1942 she was among the many who were gassed that day in a little white cottage at Auschwitz, then buried in a mass grave, later to be exhumed and cremated. By all human reckoning, Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, should have been forgotten. But this is far from the case. Beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 1, 1987 and canonized by him on October 11, 1998, she was named one of the co-patrons of Europe in 1999. This book will introduce the reader to the life and thought of this truly extraordinary woman whose legacy has much to offer those of us who are privileged to live in the Third Millennium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818908460
  • Publisher: St Pauls/Alba House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,197,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 A Holy Life
1. The Jewishness of Edith Stein 3
2. The New Convert: Phenomenology and Thomas Aquinas 23
3. From Carmel to Auschwitz: Spirituality of a Saint 41
History of Carmel 42
The Carmelite Vocation 45
Edith's Life as a Carmelite 47
Part 2 Writings in Christian Philosophy
4. Edith Stein's Philosophy of the Woman 67
A Comparison of Philosophies on Woman: Edith Stein and the Church 67
Edith Stein's Contribution to the Education of Women 75
Edith Stein's Message to the Young Woman 79
5. Edith Stein's Philosophy of the Person 87
The Early Phase--Phenomenology 87
The Later Phase--Christian Philosophy 90
Is the Embryo a Person? 98
6. The Person in Society 103
I. The Free and Conscious Person 103
II. The Role of Empathy 104
III. The Individual and the Community 106
IV. An Investigation on the State 107
V. Human Rights, Natural Law, and Justice 111
VI. Conclusion 117
Part 3 Ecumenism and Edith Stein
7. A Beatification and Its Problems 121
8. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein 139
Story of a Miracle 139
We Are Present at the Canonization of Edith Stein 142
The Continuing Controversy 147
The Nature of St. Edith Stein's Sainthood 152
The Meaning of St. Edith Stein for the Third Millennium 154
Bibliography of Works Cited 159
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