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Communion with Christ - According to St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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Available mid-March 2015.

Pope Saint John Paul II declared that the great challenge for Christians today is to become "the home and school of communion." St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) in her life and her writings, is a sure guide to attaining the communion for which every human heart longs. This work considers St. Teresa's life and writings in the context of the "spirituality of communion." As a philosopher she was directed towards attaining communion with the Truth, and she discovered that Truth was a Person, Jesus Christ. As a Carmelite nun she gave up everything for communion with him.

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, in the foreword, says Edith Stein's message "is above her time" and that the author, Sister M. Regina van den Berg, "is well qualified to write such a book." Sister Regina explores in detail Edith Stein's theory of empathy as developed in her doctoral dissertation, as well as her theory of community. Sister Regina has also used a number of Edith Stein's writings which, until this work, have not yet been available in English translation.

Each chapter explores an aspect of 'communion,' richly revealing how Edith Stein, "a Jew who became a philosopher. . . a convert to Catholicism who became a Carmelite nun and crowned her life with martyrdom." Stein's work "provides insights that can help us grow in the spirituality of communion, first by presenting to us the truth about the human person's nature and vocation and then by showing us how we can arrive at a spirituality of communion in the various aspects of life."

Sister M. Regina van den Berg, F.S.G.M., obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She has served in various apostolates for her religious community and currently resides in Rome.

Praise for Communion with Christ:

"Philosopher, convert and martyr Edith Stein is enjoying a well-deserved revival of interest these days. Readers of this clear and careful study will come away with a stronger sense of the depth and breadth of Edith's thought, which is as relevant today as ever."
- Colleen Carroll Campbell, Author, My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

"This is an ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn how one of the greatest saints of our time envisioned and lived the 'science of the Cross.' "
- Dawn Eden, Author, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints

"Sister Regina presents a deeply mature and incisive analysis of the heart of Stein's teaching on communion as a union of hearts and minds ultimately united towards one eternal goal and divine destiny."
- Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, S.C.D., Author, Artist and Image: Artistic Creativity and Personal Formation in the Thought of Edith Stein

"Sister Regina unveils the depths of Edith Stein's insights, revealing Stein's nuanced account of community between women and men, human and angelic communities, membership in the Mystical Body, etc. An impressive achievement that teaches much about how to be more fully human."
- Sarah Borden Sharkey, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College

"This book will help the reader deepen an appreciation for the significance of Teresa Benedicta/Edith Stein in contemporary debates."
- Fr. John Sullivan, O.C.D., Institute of Carmelite Studies

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St. Teresa Benedicta

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/09

Patron Of: Death Of Parents

Also known as
    Teresia Benedicta
    Edith Stein

    9 August

    Youngest of seven children in a Jewish family. Edith lost interest and faith in Judaism by age 13. Brilliant student and philospher with an interest in phenomenology. Studied at the University of Gottingen and in Breisgau. Earned her doctorate in philosophy in 1916 at age 25. Witnessing the strength of faith of Catholic friends led her to an interest in Catholicism, which led to studying a catechism on her own, which led to "reading herself into" the Faith. Converted to Catholicism in Cologne, Germany; baptized in Saint Martin's church, Bad Bergzabern, on 1 January 1922.

    Carmelite nun in 1934, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Teacher in the Dominican school in Speyer, and lecturer at the Educational Institute in Munich. However, anti-Jewish pressure from the Nazis forced her to resign both positions. Profound spiritual writer.

    Both Jewish and Catholic, she was smuggled out of Germany, and assigned to Echt, Holland in 1938. When the Nazis invaded Holland, she and her sister Rose, also a convert to Catholicism, were captured and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where they died in the ovens like so many others.

    12 October 1891 at Breslaw, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) as Edith Stein

    gassed on 9 August 1942 in the ovens of Auschwitz

    1 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II in the cathedral at Cologne, Germany

    11 October 1998 by Pope John Paul II

    loss of parents

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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