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ISBN: 0879738324
Author: Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda
Language: English
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (April 1, 2001)
Pages: 208
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.2
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María Ruiz Scaperlanda Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher.

María Ruiz Scaperlanda Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher.

With precision and inspiration, María Ruiz Scaperlanda makes intimate to us this amazing woman who became St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Grace of Yes, Founder of CatholicMom. Maria Morera Johnson, Author of Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue. Personal Endorsements.

María Ruiz Scaperlanda is an American Roman Catholic writer and journalist. The Seeker's Guide to Mary (2002). A freelance writer since 1981, she is the author of several books and has been published regularly in numerous national and regional periodicals and newspapers, including "The New York Times," Catholic Digest, . Catholic, Our Sunday Visitor, The Oklahoman, 'Columbia," 'St. Anthony Messenger and The Lutheran. The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim (with Michael Scaperlanda) (2004).

In these pages, award-winning journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died.

by. Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda.

María Ruiz Scaperlanda Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher, a feminist, and a Jew. She was also a convert, a contemplative nun, a martyr of the Holocaust. Now she is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church

María Ruiz Scaperlanda Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher, a feminist, and a Jew. Now she is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

Author and journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman who transformed her entire life .

Author and journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman who transformed her entire life because of her encounter with Jesus Christ, an encounter that led her from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood. A passionate and brilliant philosopher, she shocked her intellectual community when she fell in love with Jesus Christ and became a Roman Catholic.

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When she made her eternal profession on 21 April 1938, she had the words of St. John of the Cross printed on her devotional picture: "Henceforth my only vocation is to love.

In 1938 she wrote: "I understood the cross as the destiny of God's people, which was beginning to be apparent at the time (1933). I felt that those who understood the Cross of Christ should take it upon themselves on everybody's behalf. When she made her eternal profession on 21 April 1938, she had the words of St. Her final work was to be devoted to this author.

María Ruiz Scaperlanda Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher, a feminist, and a Jew. She was also a convert, a contemplative nun, a martyr of the Holocaust. Now she is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Better known as Edith Stein, she is perhaps the most controversial saint in recent history. Award-winning journalist María Ruiz Scaperlanda shows how this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died can lead Catholics to holiness today. More than a biography, this gripping account calls to mind the struggle with truth, Faith, and prayer all of us must ultimately face.

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Goktilar
Every once in a while, I come across a story and wonder, “How on earth did I miss this one before?” This certainly applies to the biography of Edith Stein, otherwise known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. This Carmelite nun was Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998, and in 1999 the Pope proclaimed her co-patron of Europe, along with Catherine of Sienna and Bridget of Sweden. Actually, Edith’s story was first shared with me by a new friend, who, like Edith, is a Jewish convert to Catholicism. I was so enthralled by reading María Ruiz Scaperlanda’s “Edith Stein: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross” on loan that I bought my own copy. I am also preparing to read some of Stein’s own writings, referenced in Scaperlanda’s biography.

Just in case any potential reader is as unaware as I was of this awesome woman, let me briefly discuss the subject of my fascination. Edith was born in 1891 to a relatively middle-class Jewish family in Breslau, Silesia (then mostly part of Germany). Her father owned a sawmill, which was seriously in debt. After his untimely death, his widow, Edith’s mother Auguste, was expected to sell. She did not, but instead turned the business around and ran it successfully with the assistance of her older children. Although Frau Stein was devout, apparently her children, while intellectually brilliant, showed little real devotion to Judaism. Edith did a number of things as a young woman, including nursing during World War I, but eventually completed a PhD degree in Philosophy and became a well-reputed lecturer as well as a feminist of some significance in the beginning of the 20th century.

One of the things that fascinated me the most as I read Scaperlanda’s biographical analysis of Edith’s early life was how completely it paralleled a phenomenon described in another book I’ve recently found very enlightening, “Quantum Change” by William Miller and Janet C’de Baca (reviewed for Amazon on March 8, 2015). Apparently Edith underwent several such radical shifts in consciousness that resulted in total life alterations, the most significant of which was of course her conviction that she was called to leave her Jewish faith behind, convert to Catholicism, and subsequently become a cloistered Carmelite Nun. Nevertheless, she continued her writing and to some extent her teaching, within the context of the convent.

She had already become a nun, and her sister Rosa had also joined the Carmelites as a lay sister, when Hitler began the mass arrest and extermination of Jews (obviously, the fact that these two women had converted made no difference; they were still targeted by the Nazi “Final Solution”). The Carmelite order first sent them from their convent in Cologne to Echt, Holland and subsequently tried to arrange an additional transfer to Switzerland, but to no avail. Edith and Rosa were arrested by the Gestapo on August 2, 1942, and apparently shipped almost immediately to Auschwitz. Although the exact dates and circumstances of her death are not known, there is significant testimony that Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was seen on a transport and that her attitude was indicative of a serene awareness of what was going on, and a willingness to surrender completely to the will of God, as well as to remain in solidarity with her Jewish heritage and to suffer along with her people.

Although much of Edith’s writing was lost or destroyed, a significant amount remains. This adds to the fascination for me, and I’ve already ordered two books of her writings. Also delightful is that she is so closely linked spiritually to two other saints with similar names who have been among my favorite holy women for years – St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila. Despite the fact that after entering Carmel Teresa Benedicta wanted to become a quiet contemplative, obedience kept her continuing to write, and it is as a result of this that despite her disappearance during the early days of the Shoah, she none-the-less had tremendous impact. This, to a real extent, is why I am so amazed that I did not know about her despite the fact that one commentator listed her as one of four women whose accounts of the Holocaust are iconic. The other three – Simone Weil, Anne Frank and Etty Hillesum – are very familiar to me, which again makes me wonder how I missed Stein.

In any event, though this not a “new” book (published in 2001, shortly after the event of the Canonization), I believe it is still extremely relevant, and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to read it and share my response to it.
Jairani
Very good read. I did not know much about her and found this book very interesting. She was truly an inspiring person.
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st edith stein,was a brilliant,it's worth repeating BRILLIANT WOMEN.THIS BOOK REVEALS,NOT ONLY HER MENTAL CAPABLIITY BUT HER HUANITY, HER HUMILITY AND HER COURAGEOUS BELIEF IN HER FAITH THAT ULTIMATEY LED TO HER DEATH.I THINK, IF YOU ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO READ OTER BOOKS ON HER LIFE,HER ESSAYS,HER PHILOSOPHY.SHE WILL WITHOUT A DOUBT CHANGE YOUR LIFE.YOU DON;T HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC,JEWISH.BLACK ,WHITE, STRAIGHT,OR GAY. THE ONE REQUIREMENT......YOU JUST HAVE TO BE HUMAN.AND WE ALL FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY......J.R.......GOD I WISH I MET HER.
Morlunn
Reading this lovely book was almost like a religious experience.I was highlighting beautiful prayerful passages so often that my book is now quite colorful! Currently I have been rereading my highlights. This book is inspiring as well as beautifully written. The included section of photographs is wonderful. I have already purchased another Edith Stein book, as this one piqued my desire to learn more a out this sainted woman.
Jazu
Wonderful book. Quite inspirational
Samut
I really like how this author has woven a story out of the several strands - of Edith's own writings - of others who have written about her - of the history of the Jews in Germany - and of the life and times of Adolf Hitler as it affected Edith's life and that of millions of Jews and Christians. The author has braided together some wonderful connections that set Edith's life in the context of her times and of our times. I found special joy in these connections because I have read almost all of the sources - primary and secondary - separately - and it is good to see them woven together with spiritual meanings. This book now holds a place of prominece on my Edith Stein shelf of books.
Mamuro
Lovely story about Eidth Stien and her strong faith! I wrote a book called, "Saints To Follow", and Edith Stein is one of the saints.
Excellent book. A must read.

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