Thursday, August 9, 2012


To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
O gloriosa Virginum,
Sublimis inter sidera,
Qui te creavit, parvulum
Lactente nutris ubere.
Quod Heva tristis abstulit,
Tu reddis almo germine:
Intrent ut astra flebiles,
Coeli recludis cardines.
Tu regis alti janua,
Et aula lucis fulgida:
Vitam datam per Virginem,
Gentes redemptae plaudite.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.

In her dead body.
Let us meditate how glorious Mary was in her (Dad body, because it was adorned with marvellous splendour and majesty, and spread around an odour of sanctity, which was the very fragrancy of Paradise, and because innumerable miracles were wrought at the sight of it. Then, thinking upon our own miseries, let us say:
i. O Lady most pure, who by reason of thy virginal purity didst merit the glory to be so bright and so majestic in thy body after death; obtain for us the strength to detach ourselves from every foul spirit of impurity.
Three Ave Marias.
ii. O Lady most pure, who by reason of thy rare virtue didst from thy dead body spread around the sweetnesses of Paradise; make it thy care that we may edify our neighbour by our life, and never more by our bad example become a stumbling-block to others.
Three Ave Maria’s.
iii. O Lady most pure, at the sight of whose body numberless bodily maladies were cured; intercede for us, that by thy prayers all our spiritual ills may be healed.
Three Ave Marias.
Come, let us rejoice for the glory given to the dead body of Mary, magnifying her with the fourth choir of the angels:
The Litany of Our Lady :

Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the family,
Queen of Peace,


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)
V. Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Super choros angelorum ad coelestia regna.
Famulorum tuorum, quaesumus Domine, delictis ignosce: ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genitricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen
V. The holy Mother of God is exalted.
R. Into the heavenly kingdom above the angel choirs.
Let us pray.
We beseech thee, Lord, pardon the shortcomings of Thy servants; that we who by our own works are not able to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.. Who, & c.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. AMEN



Vatican Radio REPORT August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. First proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1994, this year’s International Day is focusing on Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices. The Senior Specialist on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Issues at the International Labour Organization, Albert Barume told Vatican Radio that access to work, job training and fair treatment at work continue to be important issues for indigenous communities around the world. “Indigenous people are still representing a proportionately large number of people who have no access to jobs,” he said. “One of the reasons is the inaccessibility of indigenous people to vocational training.” 370 million indigenous people live in more than 90 countries across the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. Indigenous people constitute approximately 5% of the world population but up to 15% of those living in extreme poverty.


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The inspiring story of a woman who is surely a modern-day saint.  
Catholic Church News Image of This woman has saved 30 babies from bins and rubbish dumps
A woman has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children has emerged.
Lou Xiaoying, now 88 and suffering from kidney failure, found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish.
She and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives.
Her youngest son Zhang Qilin – now aged just seven – was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.
‘Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,’ she said.
‘I took him back to our home, which is a very small modest house in the countryside and nursed him to health. He is now a thriving little boy, who is happy and healthy.
‘My older children all help look after Zhang Qilin, he is very special to all of us. I named him after the Chinese word for rare and precious.
‘The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972 when I was out collecting rubbish. She was just lying amongst the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in.
‘Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness and I realised I had a real love of caring for children.
‘I realised if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives,’ she explained.
‘These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.’


A Sister of Social Service and a psychotherapist received the 2012 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, at an August 6 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. The honorees were Vincent Rue, PhD, and Sister Paula Vandegaer, SSS.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards. Over 85 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders attended the awards dinner sponsored by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
The award recognizes Catholics who exemplify the call by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995) to dedicate themselves to pro-life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person.
Rue, a practicing psychotherapist and traumatologist for 36 years, was the first mental health professional to provide clinical evidence of post-abortion trauma among women and the first to describe the adverse impact of abortion on fathers of aborted children. As co-founder of the Institute for Pregnancy Loss, he treats men and women traumatized by abortion and is a leading researcher in this field. Through published studies and as a legislation/litigation consultant, Rue's expertise has helped shape pro-life laws and influenced court decisions.
Sister Vandegaer, a licensed clinical social worker, has worked to build Christ-centered communities of support for abortion-vulnerable women and their families. Since 1967, she has helped to form hundreds of pregnancy help centers. She is the founder and current Program Director of International Life Services, an agency of 44 centers serving 28,000 women internationally annually. In 1989, she founded the Scholl Institute of Bioethics dedicated to research, service and education for those faced with difficult bioethical decisions. In 1997 she started Volunteers for Life, a group of volunteers who live in Christ-centered community, dedicating themselves to service agencies in the Los Angeles area. She is best-selling author of the first textbook for pro-life counselors, Introduction to Pregnancy Counseling (2000), and has lectured and conducted counselor training in 50 states and in Australia, Ireland, Belgium and Croatia.
The Pro-Life Secretariat has honored 17 other leaders since 2007.
For more information on the bishops' People of Life campaign, visit


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
8 Aug 2012

Dr Alex Reichel will be greatly missed
Dr Alex Reichel's leadership of Australia's Charismatic Movement and his untiring work with the Academy of the Word will be long remembered, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Monsignor John Usher says.
The former Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney and a leading figure in the Australian Catholic Church, Dr Reichel died peacefully in his sleep at his home at Oyster Bay early on Monday morning, 6 August.
He was 84 years old.
"He will be sadly missed," says Msgr Usher and described Dr Reichel as "living proof that when the rational and the spiritual are combined, the result fosters a better understanding of our world bringing new insights and above all, deepening our faith."
Internationally regarded as a gifted mathematician, Dr Reichel never saw any conflict between the logical discipline of numeric quotients and equations and the metaphysics of faith.

St Francis Community took its name from St Francis of Assissi, St Franics Xavier and the city's St Francis de Sales Catholic Church
"Throughout history the Church has repeatedly integrated faith and reason and shown how these can be combined to support each other. The Church was in fact responsible for the Scientific Revolution which continued through Medieval times, right up until the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century when rationality took over and rejected the transcendent in favour of pure philosophy," he told Catholic Communications in May this year during celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the St Francis Community, the Catholic charismatic renewal community he founded in the 1970s.
Named after St Francis of Assisi, St Francis Xavier and Haymarket's St Francis de Sales Church, the Community was established to support and give help to the city's marginalised and homeless.
For four decades this small but dedicated Community has provided succour, help, shelter and a friendly hand -up to Sydney's homeless and desperate, initially founding inner city refuges before setting up a rehabilitation centre for the marginalised on a farm at Bundeena, giving them a chance to live in safety and rebuild their lives.
In addition to his work with the Community since 1992 Dr Reichel has been the driving force behind the Academy of the Word. Based in the Polding Centre in the CBD, the Academy offers university and lectures at no charge to the city's battlers. For 20 years, Dr Reichel led a team of leading academics from the Catholic Institute of Sydney, Broken Bay Institute, the Archdiocese of Sydney and the St Francis Community who volunteered their time to give lectures on theology, philosophy, world politics and insights into spiritual life, religious studies and social justice issues.
Ably assisted by leading Sydney academic, Dr Jo de Groot, Dr Reichel encouraged creative initiative among the Academy's diverse students and provided specially- designed seminars on healing and wellbeing.
While there was - and is - no charge for entry into the Academy, Dr Reichel made it a condition of enrolment that every student undertake the Academy's Biblical Theology Class and "agree to listen and read with an open heart and mind."

Monsignor John Usher, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney paid tribute to the life and work of Dr Reichel
Dr Jo de Groot will now take over as Regent of the Academy. "My involvement with the Academy of the Word has been an ongoing pleasure as was having Alex ask me to continue the work of the Academy and that of the St Francis Community, all of which is part of the ongoing service to the poor. I told him I could only do it with Jesus!" she says.
"He was one of the most significant people in my life in terms of a sharing of faith and service to the poor. He also acted as mentor for my PhD in the study of mental health amongst the marginalised."
During the many years Dr Reichel was at the helm of the St Francis Community and the Academy of the Word, the achievements of both groups have been remarkable.
"When you are doing God's work the Holy Spirit provides," Dr Reichel would insist and shortly before his death, he summed up the reward of working with the St Francis Community and Academy, and being able to help the marginalised and vulnerable, as the discovery of "a Christian life."
"It might sound scandalous for someone who was brought up Catholic and was a daily communicant, but until I was 31 years old, I knew nothing about Christian life," he told Cathcom in May this year, explaining that until 1968 his main reason and interest in attending Mass was for the liturgy.
"But it was an academic interest and very much from the head rather than the heart," he said.

Dr Jo de Groot will continue the work of the Academy of the Word and the St Francis Community
All this changed during a year's sabbatical at the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado in the USA where Dr Reichel came into contact with the charismatic movement.
"Initially I was very much opposed but within a short time I was won over, and discovered a level of faith that was so outside all previous experiences it made my hair stand on end."
Returning to Australia, Dr Reichel received permission from Cardinal Gilroy, the then Archbishop of Sydney, to begin holding charismatic renewal prayer meetings at Sydney University's St Michael's College. By 1972, Dr Reichel's prayer group had moved to Albion Street's Church of St Francis de Sales, Surry Hills and this was where the Catholic Charismatic Community of St Francis was born.
"In those days there were many homeless on the streets and they'd gather around the church for shelter. Setting up refuges we helped them form little households and supervised them as well as helping them find support and assistance for mental health and issues of alcoholism or drugs. Basically it grew from there."
Dr Reichel is survived by his wife, Nola and his adult children, Damian, Catherine, Bernard, Benedict and Francesca. Dominic and Christopher, two other sons in his close-knit family, predeceased him.
Msgr Usher said; On behalf of the Archdiocese of Sydney, I would like to offer condolences to Alex's wife and children on their loss"
A funeral Mass for Dr Reichel will be held at the St Joseph's Catholic Church, Como NSW at 10.30 am on Monday, 13 August. The Mass will celebrated by Dr Reichel's long time friend, Monsignor William Mullins


The handover from Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former leader of the NTC to Mohammed Salim Ali, the senior member of the Assembly, took place last night in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli. The country is the victim of an unprecedented economic crisis. The people ask the West to return funds the fruit of Gaddafi investments. Oil revenues are still in the hands of banks in Qatar.

Tripoli (AsiaNews) - The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) has handed power over to the new Assembly elected on 7 July in the first democratic vote after 40 years of the Muammar Gaddafi regime. The symbolic handover from Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former NTC leader and Mohammed Salim Ali, the senior member of the Assembly took place last night in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli (formerly green square) in front of thousands of people. In addition to celebrating the change of government, the Libyans have also recalled the liberation of Tripoli on 8 August 2011, with torches and candles as a sign of reconciliation. The challenges facing the new moderate-led Assembly will be: restoring security, the drafting of a new Constitution and recovering Libyan money frozen by the foreign banks, necessary to resolve the grave economic crisis.
Asia News sources report that the country is still far from a full reconciliation. The rebels have an armed militia parallel to the army, made up largely of soldiers who fought for the Rais. "The military are afraid of their revenge - they explain - and many do not work. The same goes for the police, who no longer have the authority to enforce order. Everything is still in total anarchy. The targeted killing of characters linked to the regime is still preferred to a fair trial or to a true reconciliation. "

However, democratic elections have brought a wave of confidence. The population looks with hope to the new democratically elected leaders, but also nourishes many misgivings and doubts about the economic future of the country, struggling to restart one year after the fall of the regime.
"The economic situation - explain the sources - is disastrous. The only ones who have a salary are government employees, but there are delays in payments for them as well. Rent, fuel and essential goods have almost tripled. Elderly and sick people do not have access to medical care because they are too expensive and hospitals have not yet been reactivated. "

Another problem is the exodus of foreign companies who came to Libya under the regime, charged with modernizing the country in collaboration with local companies. To date, most foreign companies are struggling to return, but sources say the problem is not just about security. They are demanding that the Libyan government pay for the contracts signed by Gaddafi and rebuild construction sites and facilities destroyed by NATO bombs and the fighting between army and rebels. But no institution has the money to meet these conditions. There is not enough liquidity for rebuilding and to restart companies.
The money derived from oil plants, which at the time the regime reinvested in the local economy, is now diverted to an account of the Qatar National Bank payable to the rebels in Benghazi. This account was activated 27 March 2011, a month after the outbreak of the riots. The same fate happened to deposits held by foreign banks in different States: United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy. The amounts involved are huge. According to an estimate of the German Government, the Bundesbank alone has a surplus of 1.96 billion Euros. The rest of the money is distributed among nearly 200 activated accounts in 13 financial institutions for an indefinite amount. The deposits are registered in the name of the Libyan Central Bank, others to the Libyan Foreign Investment, and others to the Libyan Investment Authority. According to experts, the total amount of funds is around 100 trillion dollars.

The NTC leaders have stalled on this topic until now, claiming that the country was still too insecure and the money was in danger of falling into the wrong hands. With the new government the people hope that the funds will be reinvested in national banks within at least a year, but there are no leaders who are capable of dealing with foreign economic powers.

"In Tripoli and other Libyan cities - our sources conclude - many people are ready to take up arms if the economic situation remains this way. There is a risk of a new revolution against those states that have contributed to the fall of the regime. A joke is doing the rounds in the capital " UN and NATO are making us pay the price for the bombs used to kill Gaddafi'. " (SC)



Matthew 16: 13 - 23
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you."
23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."


Edith Stein was born in Breslau on 12 October 1891, the youngest of 11, as her family were celebrating Yom Kippur, that most important Jewish festival, the Feast of Atonement. "More than anything else, this helped make the youngest child very precious to her mother." Being born on this day was like a foreshadowing to Edith, a future Carmelite nun.
Edith's father, who ran a timber business, died when she had only just turned two. Her mother, a very devout, hard-working, strong-willed and truly wonderful woman, now had to fend for herself and to look after the family and their large business. However, she did not succeed in keeping up a living faith in her children. Edith lost her faith in God. "I consciously decided, of my own volition, to give up praying," she said.
In 1913, Edith Stein transferred to G6ttingen University, to study under the mentorship of Edmund Husserl. She became his pupil and teaching assistant, and he later tutored her for a doctorate. At the time, anyone who was interested in philosophy was fascinated by Husserl's new view of reality, whereby the world as we perceive it does not merely exist in a Kantian way, in our subjective perception. His pupils saw his philosophy as a return to objects: "back to things". Husserl's phenomenology unwittingly led many of his pupils to the Christian faith. In G6ttingen Edith Stein also met the philosopher Max Scheler, who directed her attention to Roman Catholicism. Nevertheless, she did not neglect her "bread-and-butter" studies and passed her degree with distinction in January 1915, though she did not follow it up with teacher training.
In 1916, she followed Husserl as his assistant to the German city of Freiburg, where she passed her doctorate summa cum laude (with the utmost distinction) in 1917, after writing a thesis on "The Problem of Empathy."
Edith Stein had been good friends with Husserl's Göttingen assistant, Adolf Reinach, and his wife.
When Reinach fell in Flanders in November 1917, Edith went to Göttingen to visit his widow. The Reinachs had converted to Protestantism. Edith felt uneasy about meeting the young widow at first, but was surprised when she actually met with a woman of faith.
Later, she wrote: "Things were in God's plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that - from God's point of view - there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God's divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God's all-seeing eyes."
. One evening Edith picked up an autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila and read this book all night. "When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth." Later, looking back on her life, she wrote: "My longing for truth was a single prayer."
On 1 January 1922 Edith Stein was baptized. It was the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, when Jesus entered into the covenant of Abraham. Edith Stein stood by the baptismal font, wearing Hedwig Conrad-Martius' white wedding cloak. Hedwig washer godmother. "I had given up practising my Jewish religion when I was a 14-year-old girl and did not begin to feel Jewish again until I had returned to God."
After her conversion she went straight to Breslau: "Mother," she said, "I am a Catholic." The two women cried. Hedwig Conrad Martius wrote: "Behold, two Israelites indeed, in whom is no deceit!" (cf. John 1:47).
Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent.
In 1933 darkness broke out over Germany. "I had heard of severe measures against Jews before. But now it dawned on me that God had laid his hand heavily on His people, and that the destiny of these people would also be mine." The Aryan Law of the Nazis made it impossible for Edith Stein to continue teaching. "If I can't go on here, then there are no longer any opportunities for me in Germany," she wrote; "I had become a stranger in the world."
The Arch-Abbot of Beuron, Walzer, now no longer stopped her from entering a Carmelite convent. While in Speyer, she had already taken a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience. In 1933 she met with the prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne. "Human activities cannot help us, but only the suffering of Christ. It is my desire to share in it."
Edith Stein went to Breslau for the last time, to say good-bye to her mother and her family. Her last day at home was her birthday, 12 October, which was also the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Edith went to the synagogue with her mother. It was a hard day for the two women. "Why did you get to know it [Christianity]?" her mother asked, "I don't want to say anything against him. He may have been a very good person. But why did he make himself God?" Edith's mother cried. The following day Edith was on the train to Cologne. "I did not feel any passionate joy. What I had just experienced was too terrible. But I felt a profound peace - in the safe haven of God's will." From now on she wrote to her mother every week, though she never received any replies. Instead, her sister Rosa sent her news from Breslau.
Edith joined the Carmelite Convent of Cologne on 14 October, and her investiture took place on 15 April, 1934. The mass was celebrated by the Arch-Abbot of Beuron. Edith Stein was now known as Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce - Teresa, Blessed of the Cross.
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." Her final work was to be devoted to this author.
On 9 November 1938 the anti-Semitism of the Nazis became apparent to the whole world.
Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters. She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent. Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa: "Come, we are going for our people."
Together with many other Jewish Christians, the two women were taken to a transit camp in Amersfoort and then to Westerbork. This was an act of retaliation against the letter of protest written by the Dutch Roman Catholic Bishops against the pogroms and deportations of Jews. Edith commented, "I never knew that people could be like this, neither did I know that my brothers and sisters would have to suffer like this. ... I pray for them every hour. Will God hear my prayers? He will certainly hear them in their distress." Prof. Jan Nota, who was greatly attached to her, wrote later: "She is a witness to God's presence in a world where God is absent."
On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz. It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed.
When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured "a daughter of Israel", as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness."