Thursday, July 15, 2010

Quotes by St. Edith Stein

Saint Edith Stein (October 12, 1891 – August 9, 1942),
a German-Jewish philosopher, nun,
and martyr and saint of the Roman Catholic Church.


Love:
As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor's soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love. -St. Edith Stein

On the question of relating to our fellowman - our neighbor's spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love. -St. Edith Stein

Church and prayer:
Every true prayer is a prayer of the Church; by means of that prayer the Church prays, since it is the Holy Spirit living in the Church, Who in every single soul 'prays in us with unspeakable groanings'. -St. Edith Stein

The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church. -St. Edith Stein

Prayer:
My longing for truth was a single prayer.
- Edith Stein

Evangelization:
If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.
- Edith Stein

Man, the image of God:
In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will. -Edith Stein

Dignity of a woman:
One could say that in case of need, every normal and healthy woman is able to hold a position. And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman. -Edith Stein