Kresta in the Afternoon – October 9, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  The Life and Legacy of Edith Stein (2 segments)

  • Description: This week marks the anniversary of the birth of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as Edith Stein. In the wake of World War I when neither Jews nor women were widely accepted in academia, she rose to prominence as a leading philosopher who thrived in the intellectual community in Germany. She shocked both her Jewish family and her academic friends when she fell in love with Jesus Christ and became a Roman Catholic. We talk about her with Maria Scaperlanda
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    • Maria Scaperlanda
      Maria Scaperlanda is an author and blogger who has been published in America Magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, the New York Times, Our Sunday Visitor and other national and regional publications. She is the author of Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and other books and a former Director and Vice-President on the Catholic Press Association Board, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, an international community of intellectuals. Find her blog at daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com.
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    • Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

      In the wake of World War I when neither Jews nor women were widely accepted in academia, Edith Stein rose to prominence as a leading philosopher who thrived in the intellectual community in Germany. She shocked both her Jewish family and her academic friends when she fell in love with Jesus Christ and became a Roman Catholic More shocking still, eleven years later, Edith entered the cloistered Carmelite order to follow a life of mystic and contemplative prayer, changing her name to Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith Stein s surrender to grace is all the more visible because of the dark night that enveloped the period of history in which she lived and died when millions of men and women, including Edith Stein herself, were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime in the name of diligent ethnic cleansing. Today, as the meaning of feminism is lost in a world of relativism, Edith Stein provides a model for a true feminist woman who authentically integrates faith, family, and work. Award-winning journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died. More than a biography, these pages paint a multifaceted portrait of Edith Stein as seen by scholars, friends, and relatives and by Catholics and Jews alike. You ll gain new insights into the complex aspects of her life and death, as well as the impact of her character and personality on those who knew her. But most of all, you will enter into the interior life of this woman of Jewish descent who transformed her entire life because of her encounter with Jesus Christ, an encounter that led her from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood. (learn more)

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