the wake of World War I when neither Jews nor women were widely
accepted in academia, Edith Stein rose to prominence as a leading
intellectual in Germany. She was a passionate and brilliant
philosopher who lived and thrived in the intellectual university
community of Germany. She was also a young Jewish woman who shocked
her intellectual community when she fell in love with Jesus Christ
and became a Roman Catholic.
shocking still, eleven years later, Edith entered the cloistered
Carmelite order to follow a life of mystic and contemplative prayer
in the cloister under the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith
Stein s surrender to grace is all the more visible because of the
dark night that enveloped the period of history in which she lived
and died years when millions of men and women, including Edith Stein
herself, were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime in the name
of diligent ethnic cleansing.
as the meaning of feminism is lost in a world of relativism, Edith
Stein provides a model for a true feminist woman who authentically
integrates faith, family, and work. In these pages, award-winning
journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex
woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she
lived and died.
than a biography, these pages paint a multifaceted portrait of Edith
Stein as seen by scholars, friends, and relatives and by Catholics
and Jews alike. You'll gain new insights into the complex aspects of
her life and death, as well as the impact of her character and
personality on those who knew her. But most of all, you will enter
into the interior life of this woman of Jewish descent who
transformed her entire life because of her encounter with Jesus
Christ, an encounter that led her from the depths of atheism to the
heights of sainthood.