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