Thoughts On the Feast of St. Polycarp

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Casper Ten Boom

(Above: Casper Ten Boom in his workshop.) Melissa Musick writes, “I read the account of St. Polycarp’s martyrdom. I kept thinking, ‘I’ve read this before.’ And then I remembered that I had read something strangely, wonderfully similar, the account of Caspar Ten Boom’s arrest and death. . .goodness follows certain patterns.” Read it after the jump:

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Feast of St. Edith Stein

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St. Edith Stein

“Those who remain silent are responsible.”

Yesterday, Aug. 9th, was the Feast of St. Edith Stein (Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) who died in the Holocaust. Edith Stein grew up in a Jewish home, the youngest of 11 children, and received her doctorate in philosophy in 1915, despite the fact that women were not granted professorships at the time. She wrote, “There is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.” After reading St. Teresa of Avila‘s writings she concluded, “this is the truth” and converted to Catholicism. Several years later she became a Carmelite nun. Learn more about her incredible life and thought from the Vatican’s website here: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Edith Stein ((1891-1942).

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