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Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, more commonly known as Edith Stein, lived during a very bleak chapter in our world’s history. She was a Jewish convert living in a convent in Germany during World War II.
As the threat to her life increased, she was transferred to a convent in the Netherlands. Her seclusion there did not last long and as the Nazis invaded, she was eventually captured and sent to Auschwitz to die.
As the threat of war increased, Saint Teresa knew she had to do something. So she did exactly what she thought would be most efficacious. Saint Teresa asked her superior if she could offer herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
She wrote, “Dear Mother, Please may Your Reverence allow me to offer myself to the Heart of Jesus as a sacrifice of expiation for true peace… If possible, without a new World War… I should like to do this today, because it is the twelfth hour. I know that I am nothing, but Jesus desires it, and during these days He will call many others to do the same.”
Our world is again in such strife. What are we to do? As members of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network we are called to offer ourselves daily to the heart of Jesus for peace and for the many challenges of humanity. May Saint Teresa be an example to us and encourage us to seek peace by offering ourselves to God and letting him use us as an instrument of peace in the world.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)