Posts tagged “Germany

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 Hildegard von Bingen

Posted on February 18, 2017

Song: The Living Light Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of “early” music. Many songs in this genre were first performed in the convents and monasteries of the medieval Catholic Church. My favorites are by a German composer and nun, Saint Hildegard von Bingen. Who Was Hildegard? In 1098, Hildegard was born into a noble family who lived in Bermersheim, in what is now southwestern Germany. According to her autobiography, Hildegard was just eight years old when her parents offered their daughter to the Church as a “tithe,” dedicating her life to a monastic vocation. At that time, it wasn’t uncommon for families to give up their children as religious oblates, but when Hildegard became an adult, she discouraged the practice. Young…