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Feast Day August 9th
Edith Stein 1891-1942
Edith was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) on October 12 1891. She was the youngest of seven surviving children. Her father died before she was two and her mother took on his lumber business. The family were Jewish and Edith was always special to her mother because she was born on the Day of Atonement.
From a young age Edith had a great thirst for knowledge and she excelled in her studies, so everyone was surprised when she announced that she was leaving school at the age of 14. She went to help a married sister and while there she decided quite deliberately to stop praying. Domestic life did not really appeal to Edith and it wasn’t long before she decided to return to school. On leaving she studied psychology at Breslau University, hoping that this would reveal the meaning of life to her but she was disappointed; instead she discovered a new discipline, that of phenomenology, recently developed by Edmund Husserl, a professor at the University of Göttingen. Fascinated by this subject Edith enrolled for the summer course on Philosophy at Göttingen. Most of the philosophy students were Jews who had converted to Christianity, so this brought the issue of faith to the fore.
New Ross Carmel are celebrating their bi-centenary this week. Carmelites from all over Ireland joined with the Community, their relatives and members of the Secular Order on Tuesday. After Mass all past members of the community were remembered by name and a flower laid on each grave.
We are pleased to announce that Pope Francis has appointed the Carmelite Bishop Anders Arborelius of Sweden as one of the new Cardinals