Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)
Tea at Trianon has a remembrance of Saint Teresa Benedicta, Edith Stein. This saint, killed in Auschwitz, wrote extensively on the role of women in life and society. Her first premise was that a woman must fashion herself and live her life as made in the image of God. She was writing on this topic during the 1930s in Germany, when many women were forced by the severe economic depression of the times to work to put food on the table for their children. She writes extensively on the issue of the difficult balance of work and being a wife and a mother--among her many fascinating writings. One of her first works was an exploration of the human capacity for empathy, written during her time as a student of Husserl, before she became a Catholic. Tea at Trianon has more on this extraordinary saint.