Two Saints and How To Use Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July

A Saint Who Experienced The Loss of All Worldly Freedoms and Used the True Freedom She Had Wisely

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Edith Stein was a brilliant woman who converted to the Catholic Faith, became a Carmelite nun, and was put to death at Auschwitz since she was Jewish. She knew the errors of the state that martyred her and knew the true value of human dignity is in our being, not our productivity or our possessions.

“The nation…doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.”
-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Many years after her martyrdom, on the day of her canonization, another Saint spoke to those gathered about this nun:

“This woman had to face the challenges of such a radically changing century as our own. Her experience is an example to us. The modern world boasts of the enticing door which says: everything is permitted. It ignores the narrow gate of discernment and renunciation. I am speaking especially to you, young Christians…Pay attention! Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface, but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.” – Saint John Paul II, 11 Oct 1998, Canonization Homily

Canonization Homily