Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta)

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Feast day, Aug 9th
St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) was born in 1891, into a Jewish family and considered herself an atheist for much of her teenage and young adult years.

As she got older, she developed an interest in philosophy and also mastered several languages. When World War I came, St. Teresa became a nurse and an interpreter. She noticed how injured Christian soldiers reflected on their suffering in light of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.

It wasn’t until she discovered the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila that she said to herself, “this is the truth,” and was moved to devote her life to Jesus. She became baptized and in 1933 and joined the Carmelite Convent in Cologne. Edith’s mother felt betrayed by her daughter’s conversion and never spoke to her again. As the antisemitism in Germany became worse and worse, she fled Germany and joined a convent in the Netherlands. Even still, the Gestapo soon found her and took her to Auschwitz, where she died with her sister. St Teresa Benedicta is considered a martyr, and today we celebrate her pursuit of the truth and dedication to Jesus.

What can entrepreneurs learn from St. Teresa Benedicta?

 

1.  Be eager to learn – She took matters into her own hands to learn about the Christian faith

2.  Be open to change – When she realized that Jesus was the truth, she converted

3.  Have passion – She dedicated her life to serving Jesus

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