Tuesday, August 09, 2005

St Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, O.C.D.

Today is the feast of St Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, in the world Edith Stein, in both the Pauline calendar and in the revised Carmelite calendar. Pope John Paul II not only put her in the general calendar but made her one of the patrons of Europe. There is a comprehensive biography of this latest Carmelite martyr here.

Her collect:

Deus patrum nostrorum, qui beatam Teresiam Benedictam martyrem ad cognitionem Filii tui crucifixi eiusque imitationem usque ad mortem perduxisti, ipsa intercedente concede, ut omnes homines Christum Salvatorem agnoscant et per eum ad perpetuam tui visionem adveniant. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

My own translation:

O God of our fathers, Who led the martyr blessed Teresia Benedicta to the recognition of the crucifixion of Thy Son and its imitation even unto death, grant by her intercession, that all men acknowledge Christ the Saviour and through Him arrive at the eternal vision of Thyself. Thou who livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever and ever. Amen.