Thursday, June 20, 2013



For September 14, 1939, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross--and at her Prioress's request--Edith wrote an expressive and challenging meditation for the community's biannual renewal of vows, an occasion she viewed as  "dreadfully serious business." 
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More than ever the cross is a sign of contradiction. The followers of the Antichrist show it far more dishonor than did the Persians who stole it. They desecrate the images of the cross, and they make every effort to tear the cross out of the  hearts of Christians.  All too often they have succeeded even with those who, like us, once vowed to bear Christ's cross after him...Therefore, the Savior today looks at us, solemnly probing us, and asks each one of us: Will you remain faithful to the Crucified? Consider carefully! The world is in flames, the battle between Christ and the Antichrist has broken into the open. If you decide for Christ, it could cost you your life. Carefully consider what you promise...The world is in flames. The conflagration can also reach our house. But high above all flames towers the cross. They cannot consume it. It is the path from earth to heaven. It will lift one who embraces it in faith, love, and hope into the bosom of the Trinity.
Scaperlanda, Maria Ruiz. Edith Stein St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Huntington, Indiana:Our Sunday Visitor, 2001.Print.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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