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“Edith Stein believed that before we can carry out our specific roles and fulfill our God-given vocations, we need to “first become a person!… Before a woman can become wife and mother in a positive way, she must first mature in her own self-possession. Although woman longs to love and receive love, she must also become strong enough to be a true gift to another.”

It seems to me that this statement is a clarion call for our times: Woman, know thyself. One biographer of Edith said it another way: “Before they can be ready to assist others, women first need to be securely anchored in their own depths.” Because the very essence of our vocation as women is self-donation, the truth is clear that we cannot give away what we do not possess. What we need to possess is an inherent and soul-deep understanding of our dignity and worth as women in the eyes of God. We are not simply speaking of a psychological acceptance, but of a spiritual maturity that blossoms and bears fruit through the contemplation of our vocation as women as an outpouring of our intimate, loving relationship with Jesus Christ”

—from Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”

— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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“Natural love is sufficient for earthly parents, but the love which our saint bore to Jesus, as His appointed father, was not a mere human love, it was also a supereminently divine love; for, in loving his Son he was exercising the most perfect love of God; since He whom he called his Son was at the same time his God. As in creatures all is finite, so all is capable of increase. What, then, may we imagine, must have been the growth of this ardent love in the heart of our saint during the long period which he spent with Jesus! Those things which tend naturally to add to human love, in him ministered fresh fuel to the divine flame within him. The constant association with the Son of God made Man and given to him as his own Son, the serving Him and being served by Him for thirty years, and, we must add, their marvelous resemblance created a bond between them which was unequalled of its kind.”

— Edward Healy Thompson

 

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