Posts tagged “Carmelite

Saint Edith Stein

Posted on July 25, 2017

Song: Edie When I tell people the story of Saint Edith Stein, they look confused and say, “Stein doesn’t sound like a Catholic name.” Well, that is partly true. Who Was Edith? Edith Stein was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1891. It was the Hebrew holy day of Yom Kippur, which delighted Edith’s devoutly Jewish mother. Edith was the youngest of 11 children in the family. Her father ran a lumber company, but when Edith was a toddler, he died suddenly. Edith’s mother prayed regularly at the synagogue, often with children in tow. Edith, however, struggled with her own faith and, when she turned 15, stopped believing in God. Edith entered the University of Breslau at age 19 and studied…

Saint Therese of Lisieux

Posted on March 19, 2017

Song: Prayer to Saint Therese of Lisieux Istudied art in college, focusing on painting. One day I went to the library to find source material for a project and came across a Catholic history book. Inside it was a brief story of the life of Saint Therese, also known as the Little Flower. I recalled that, as a little girl, I admired a statue of a petite nun who stood outside my family’s first parish in Springfield, Illinois. I don’t remember much about Sunday services at Little Flower Church, but something about that statue stayed with me. Who Was Therese? Therese Martin was born in 1873 in Alençon, France, the youngest daughter of devoutly Catholic parents. When Therese was only four years old,…