+JMJ+ I haven’t posted a rambling ramble in a while so here’s the first one of the new year. I’m sitting here by the virtual fireplace, listening to the crackling sounds of logs burning without having to worry about setting anything ablaze or cleaning up any ash or checking the flue. Miss Lucy Dawg is sleeping in front of the TV stand. I wonder if she imagine it’s the hearth. She’s been known to lie there near the fire–until she gets too hot after about a minute. Major Tom Cat is out back, doing his perimeter check or whatever he does out there. He’ll be back in here wanting to sit in my lap and smother me soon. Major Tom is not a little cat. He’s a big ol’ guy and he radiates heat. I won’t be cold this winter with him in my lap.
My sister sent me an Amazon gift card for Christmas and though it’s primarily to help pay for the animals I’ve been feeding, (1) I couldn’t resist using some of it for some books. Hey, they’re used so I saved money by buying them! (Life with Father reference for those who watch old movies.) Here’s the haul for the last couple of weeks or so.
I’m looking forward to dipping into all of these but especially the Edith Stein stuff. First thing I noticed when I opened Writings of Edith Stein was the publication date: 1956. My, what a good year that was! Okay, I was a newborn in 1956 so I really have no idea what kind of year it was. I do know that things started looking up in 1957 cuz that’s when I was adopted. Thanks be to God!
Writings of Edith Stein is an anthology and I’ve barely begun to read that part, but I read the introduction by Hilda Graef, who also selected the entries and translated them. I liked her introduction so much that I ordered her previous book, The Scholar and the Cross, 1955, also on Edith Stein and also a used book. Looking at WoES, it seems to be a first edition and still has its dust jacket and its free of markings and stickers of any kind. There’s a small tear on the dust jacket on the back but that’s it, and there’s a plastic cover on the jacket. Very pleased.
The way I came to know about this book was seeing a quote from it on Twitter, which led me to a blog post, which led me to a longer blog post, and on to a search for the book. The quote was from “The Mystery of Christmas” which is the opening essay in the anthology. The book is out-of-print as far as I can tell, but available used in two editions: one in the U.K., published by Peter Owen, and one in the U.S., published by the Newman Press, Westminster, Maryland, both in 1956. I got my copy at AbeBooks.
Enough of me prattling on about the book details. I want to tell you more about the book itself and I will, after I’ve read more of it. I’ve barely begun but I have made a few notes, mostly of things to look into. I expect a lot of what I read in her works to go over my head, but I hope to understand something here and there, and when I do, I’ll share it with you.
I have another book by another Jewish convert to the Church: Salvation Is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming, by Roy Schoeman. And that is a segue into something else about St. Edith Stein (more properly, I suppose, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, which is her name in religion): two videos, one about her life, and another about her writings, both by Mr. Schoeman. (I’m not sure how to address him, as Mr. or as Dr., so I’m going with Mr. For now.) I’ll embed the videos below.
Video below, Saints and Spiritualities, Episode 7: St. Edith Stein, Her Life and Martyrdom, by Roy Schoeman.
Video below, Saints and Spiritualities, Episode 8: St. Edith Stein – Selected Writings, by Roy Schoeman.
Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. I pray that you and I will stay holy and virtuous in this new year, so that we become who the Lord intends us to be: SAINTS. God bless you and may His Peace be always with you. St. Teresa Benedicta, pray for us! +JMJ+
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Notes and Links
- Major Tom Cat was the first but not the only cat to wander up on the deck looking for food and shelter. Well, the others look for food, but he stayed for shelter, too, and has become part of The Pack™️ now. Miss Lucy Dawg is somewhat obsessed with him.
- “The Mystery of Christmas” in the Tweet, blog post, and a longer blog post.
- Get a copy at AbeBooks in the U.S. (That’s not an affiliate link, by the way.)
- Videos, Saints and Spiritualities, Episode 7: St. Edith Stein, Her Life and Martyrdom and Saints and Spiritualities, Episode 8: St. Edith Stein – Selected Writings, both by Roy Schoeman.
- These books are mentioned in the video. Salvation Is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming, by Roy Schoeman: Paperback, Kindle. Honey from the Rock: Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ, same author: Paperback, Kindle. (These are Amazon affiliate links. See Full Disclosure below).
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