St. Edith Stein on the Spirit

More from St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta a Cruce):

We are a spiritually impoverished generation; we search in all the places the Spirit ever flowed in the hope of finding water. And that is a valid impulse. For if the Spirit is living and never dies, he must still be present wherever he once was active forming human life and the work of human hands. Not in a trail of monuments, however, but in a secret mysterious life. He is like a small but carefully tended spark, ready to flare, glow and burst into flame the moment he feels the first enkindling breath.

From Edith Stein, Edith Stein: Die Frau in Ehe und Beruf. Bildungsfragen heute (Freiburg: Herderbucherei, Bd. 129, 1963), p. 106, as quoted in Edith Stein, A Biography, by Waltraud Herbstrith (Sr. Teresia a Matre Dei, OCD), Fr. Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO, trans., Harper & Row, 1985, p. 113.

In my first post post on St. Edith Stein, I referenced Garry Wills’s earlier, bitter objection to St. Edith Stein’s canonization. I’ve recently found a factual error in Wills’s account, and will document it when time permits.

Separately, it is probably more accurate to translate St. Edith Stein’s Carmelite name as Teresa “blessed by the Cross.” See Edith Stein, A Biography, Waltraud Herbstrith (Sr. Teresia a Matre Dei, OCD), Fr. Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO, trans., Harper & Row, 1985, p. 72.

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