Today is the feast of Saint Edith Stein, patron saint of the Catholic Church. She was born on October 12, 1891 and was the youngest of 11 in her family. You may also know Saint Edith Stein as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Saint Edith was a German-Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism and lived as a Carmelite nun. Her life was not always devoted to God though, showing us that we all have the capability of change. Saint Edith stopped believing in God when she was 14, after enduring a tough childhood. However, Saint Teresa Avila’s biography reinvigorated her spirituality and led to her conversion to Catholicism.
Saint Edith Stein was taken by the Nazis in 1940. They arrested all of the Dutch Jewish who had since converted to any form of Christianity. She was transported to the brutal death camp, Auschwitz where she would die a martyr for her faith in 1942.
Pope Saint John Paul II canonized Saint Edith Stein in 1998. She is the patron saint of Jewish converts to Catholicism and we remember her always, but especially on her feast of August 9th.