Blessed Are You Among Women
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb…”
The journey of Edith Stein from atheism to God, from Jewish scholar to Carmelite nun, is one of the great odysseys of faith. The former Jewish-atheist scholar died as a Carmelite nun in the gas chamber of Auschwitz in 1942. Edith Stein — Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross — was canonized in 1998.
One of the most influential people in Edith’s life was the philosopher Adolf Reinach, her professor at the University of Gottingen. In Reinach’s writings and teachings, Edith Stein began to see the wisdom of God illuminating the philosophical wisdom of the ages. Both Professor Reinach and his wife, Anna, were generous in their friendship and support to Edith, one of the very few women pursuing higher studies in the early days of the 20th century. Anna’s friendship and counsel were especially valued by Edith. Continue reading
God Wants You
ProLifeCorner- In God’s order there is work for everyone to do. He doesn’t call many to be a Billy Graham or a Blessed Mother Teresa, but he does call all of us to be faithful in using the gifts and abilities he has given to us. In case we don’t feel worthy to be of much use to God, it can help to look at the frailties of many of God’s servants in the Bible.
Did you know that: “Moses stuttered. David’s armor didn’t fit, John Mark was rejected by Paul, Hosea’s wife was a prostitute, Amos’s only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning, Jacob was a liar, David had an affair, Solomon was too rich, Abraham was too old, David was too young, Timothy had ulcers, Peter was afraid of death, Lazarus was dead, John was self-righteous, Jesus was poor, Naomi was a widow, Paul was a murderer, so was Moses. Jonah ran from God, Miriam was a gossip, Gideon and Thomas doubted, Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal, Elijah was burned out, John the Baptist was a loudmouth, Martha was a worry-wart, Samson had long hair, Noah got drunk. Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So did Peter as did Paul.” Continue reading
By Junno Arocho Esteves- VATICAN CITY, June 24, 2013Zenit.org – During his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on what he described as Christ’s “most incisive statements:’Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it’. Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to listen to the Holy Father’s words. Continue reading