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St. Teresa Benedicta on charity

edith steinSt. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, born Edith Stein, was a German Jewish convert who became a Discalced Carmelite nun and died in the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. She was canonized in 1998.

Here, for her feast day, are some quotes from this saint on charity: 

edith stein• “Regarding the question of relating to our fellow man: Our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a menas to an end. But love is an end already, because God is love.”

• “Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth.”

• “As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor’s soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.”

• “The entire educational process must be carried out with love, which is perceptible in every disciplinary measure and which does not instill any fear. And the most effective educational method is not the word of instruction but the living example without which all words remain useless.”


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