Why Study Edith Stein?

The introduction serves to focus our attention on the importance of Truth in the journey of Edith Stein, from Judaism to atheism, from philosophy and phenomenology to Christ (with the help of believers she met along the way and the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila). 
We begin to answer the ‘why’ of her importance with a quote from Pope John Paul II, taken from his homily for the Canonization of Edith Stein:  “Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie.”
Truth. The quest to understand it was so a part of who Edith Stein was, that from an early age had an insatiable thirst for knowledge – seeking truth. 
This is where our journey begins, walking with Edith Stein. May we too have a hunger for the ultimate truth that comes from God, and live in it.

We were asked to consider ways we have seen this to be true in our lives and dealings with others:
  • in society, where moral norms/truth are downplayed in order not to ‘offend’ others.
  • the importance of prayer when we feel the need to speak ‘truth’ to another; what gets in the way?
  • recall the scriptural reference for correction: go to your brother, if he does not listen, go again taking another person with you, and if he still doesn’t listen, take it to the community.
  • we also recognized that our intentions must be guided by love for our brother when we ‘fraternally correct’ him
  • other things mentioned that were tied to the discussion:  entitlement society, sexual immorality, the need for conscience formation
  • we paused to consider what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about Truth (you may want to review CCC #2465-2492). In part, “The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth, His Word is truth. His Law is truth…in Jesus the whole of God’s truth is manifest…”the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No.’

What do you think? 


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