Brought up on the Psalms and Proverbs, Stein considered her mother a living example of the strong woman of Proverbs 31, who rises early to care for her family and trade in the marketplace.
By her teenage years, Stein no longer practiced her Jewish faith and considered herself an atheist, but she continued to admire her mothers attitude of total openness toward God.
But what this carrying of the cross was to consist in, that I did not yet know.
On October 15, just after her forty-second birthday, Edith Stein entered the Carmel of Cologne, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
We are pleased to offer you this lecture series on Carmelite Spirituality cosponsored by the Institute of Carmelite Studies, The Church in the 21st Century Center, and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. John Sullivan is a Carmelite Friar and past Provincial for the Washington Province.
This lecture reviews the life and writings of Edith Stein, German philosopher, Jewish convert to Catholicism, and Carmelite nun, who was martyred in Auschwitz in 1942. Sullivan highlights the timeliness of her work for today and discusses approaches to her significant literary output.