Edith Stein c. 1920
12 October 1891|
Breslau (Silesia), Germany
(now WrocÅ‚aw, Poland)
|Died||9 August 1942
Auschwitz concentration camp, General Government (Nazi-occupied Poland)
|Alma mater||Schlesische Friedrich-Wilhelms-UniversitÃ¤t
University of Freiburg
University of GÃ¶ttingen
Finite and Eternal Being
|Institutions||University of Freiburg|
|Metaphysics, philosophy of mind and epistemology|
|Spirituality of the Christian woman|
As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor's soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.
In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will.
One could say that in case of need, every normal and healthy woman is able to hold a position. And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.
The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church.
Those who join the Carmelite Order are not lost to their near and dear ones, but have been won for them, because it is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.
On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor's spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.
Every true prayer is a prayer of the Church; by means of that prayer the Church prays, since it is the Holy Spirit living in the Church, Who in every single soul 'prays in us with unspeakable groanings'.