It happened on AUGUST 9

Today’s date (probably the day of her death) is the liturgical feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. It is the name taken by the German philosopher Edith Stein when she became a Carmelite nun. Stein was among the principle exponents of phenomenology and a pupil of Edmund Husserl and Max Scheler. Her journey as a philosopher was joined to that of a believer when she converted from Judaism, and then atheism, to faith in Christ. Due to her Jewish background, during the Nazi persecutions she fled to Holland where she was captured in 1942 and deported to Auschwitz. She died that same year in a gas chamber. Pope John Paul II declared her a patron saint of Europe. Among her works are The Phenomenology of Husserl and the Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas (1929), Finite and Eternal Being: An Attempt to Ascend to the Meaning of Being (posthumously published in 1950), and The Science of the Cross (also posthumously published in 1950).

Science and Faith in the Coronavirus Epoch, by G. Tanzella-Nitti

We are living in an unprecedented time. For nearly all of us, we could compare things to the last world war, with its global reach and extent of the measures taken, as we heard from our grandparents, or in my case from my parents. The whole world is involved. But so is the whole man, the whole person: scientific research, emotions, feelings, relationships, personal beliefs [read more]


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