Thursday, August 9, 2012

Edith Stein: "Fill My Soul With Holy Joy"

Today the Roman calendar observes the memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, known in the world as Edith Stein. Hers is a great story, from her Jewish roots, through atheism, to the search for truth in philosophy, to conversion to Christ in the Catholic Church, to teaching and advocating the dignity and vocation of women, to the cloister of Carmel where she continued to write philosophical and spiritual works, and finally to Auschwitz where she gave her life.

Edith Stein should be a special saint and helper for all who are searching for the truth. She knows what it means to search, and to find. I came across this prayer last year on the social networks. I don’t know where it comes from in her writings, but it expresses so poignantly her relationship with God. It is a prayer for any person who is seeking the truth, and for anyone traveling the path of life:

O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace.

2 comments:

JohnL said...

If ever an age needs an example of courage, extraordinary faith and example of a person who searched for the truth and died for it, then Edith Stein is that person. Thank you John.

Fr. Vincnet Esprit FMI said...

Thank you Lord for this gift of Holy joy that you gave to Edith Stein! May it permeate the world.

Fr; Esprit FMI