Cath. Remembrance Day is the 16th of October
Life and work:
This saint was born on the 6th of April 1726 to the wall of Luciano, had a bad apprenticeship as a tailor-gentleman and little pleasing lessons behind him. It turned out that Gerard had been honored as a child of miraculous apparitions of the Blessed Mother, but no one should know. Ultimately, he was treated by the city in Italy as an outsider and was repeatedly dismissed by the Order of the Capuchins.
Then he was accepted as a religious brother and proved himself in the monastery Materdomino. His monastic life became so intense that he stood out among thousands. Even when working as a monk, he was always sunk in God. The name of Jesus or a cross was enough to make the loud or quiet rejoicing of the rapture in him. Today we know that a mysticism surrounded him and that he killed his palate corresponds to the truth. Through his missionary events, he has unlocked the hearts of many people. Brother Majella became the patron of the mothers; and he is greatly revered for fulfilling the desire to have a baby and being pregnant. It could have gone on forever, but a rough fellow had broken his ribs, so that his poor health was diminishing more and more. When he was once again sent out for almsgiving, he was attacked by a hemorrhage which he succumbed to a few days later on October 16, 1755, not yet thirty years old, in Materdomino Abbey. Pope Leo XIII. saved the pious cloister cutter in 1893, and Pius X canonised him in 1904 by means of canonization.
With stormy requests Gerard Majella succeeded in receiving the Order of the Redemptorists in a strict novinziat. However, because of his poor health, it required a letter of recommendation highlighting the esteem in his hometown. He wanted to be nothing more than a lay brother who prays and works in the Order (ora et labora). His illness was that he imitated the suffering of Christ. Nevertheless, he made as much as two strong men and facilitated the work of his confreres. The tension of his religious life was that on the one hand Brother Majella could produce miraculous deeds, but on the other he had to be very careful not to reveal himself in it. In the year of the Lord in 1752 he made his vows and then worked in the monastery Materdomino, as a gardener, sacristan and monastery tailor. What he did before man was the expression of an unusually rich and gifted inner life. In vain the adversary haunted him with hellish frightening ghosts to take away the reward of his labors. He himself suffered bitter slander from being slandered by the child-father, whom he bore in silence and without a word of defense. Therefore, he was initially de-communicated and he was imposed strict penances.
In the hollow of the altar, Majella retired to be closer to the Blessed Sacrament, slept through nights, and received the gift of leviation. In the spiritual dialogue bishops, theologians and women religious had the opportunity from time to time to talk with Brother Majella; for his wisdom, the fruit of his mystical reflections, weighed many chapters of the scholia and stirred the spirit of sacrifice to renounce egoism. So he remained the life of the poor, simple monk in the patched cowl. A handkerchief of the order’s brother Majella gave way to the danger of sudden child kill and a healthy child was born; therefore he was called “patrone materam” and made medals for it. As a result of his devotional zeal, the confreres were shamed in the monastic order. Today, pilgrimages are being made to his grave at Materdomino Monastery.
His gifts of grace dissolved the stubbornness of dead enemies and eternal peace became visible, for they shook hands with one another for reconciliation. With the power of apostolic love, the friar conquered people to confess their guilt and make peace with God! Thus, a book of saints portrayed in the middle of the 20th century. in simple words: “Where Gerard Majella is in his ways, walking humbly beside his mule, always a smile on his lips, the children ran together and the adults stepped to the front door; but he saluted and blessed all. “This blessing covered the hatred of the tribes. He was sent on a mission, for his obedience was so pronounced that for a long time he followed a command of his superior given only in thought. Even the most secret sin did not remain hidden from him. He told people their hidden faults in the face and made them so repentant. Among the extraordinary events was the blessing of the fruits. This blessing meant that the poor food reserves of a poor family did not dry up until the next harvest. His ways were framed by miraculous events, he recognized the commandments of Noah, he commanded the powers of nature, he obeyed the commandments of Moses of Sinai, and the dying rose soundly from the camp at his word.
Cath. Remembrance Day is the 9th of August
The “wise Edith,” as she is called by relatives, grows up in an atmosphere shaped by the faithful, law-abiding religiosity of her mother. The girl attends high school for a few years, but breaks off this school education at the age of fourteen on her own.
(Curriculum vitae of the municipality Paderborn)
The adolescents start to worry about ideological questions, they have doubts about faith and feel that they are atheists. “I quit praying quite deliberately and of my
own free will.” She goes to Hamburg to her married sister there, but comes back after a year and takes private lessons to make up for the missed.
She is regarded as a gifted student and obtains highest grades. (Still, she writes, “From the early years I knew it was more important to be good than smart.”
In 1911 she lives in Breslau (Wroclaw) and has a brilliant high school diploma. She attended the grammar school of the Victoria School in Breslau for three years and subsequently enrolled at the University of Wroclaw in the subjects of psychology, German studies and history.
In 1913 she moved to the University of Göttingen, where she studied philosophy, history and
German studies. With great seriousness she has made her career choice, she wants to study philosophy above all. “We are in the world to serve humanity. The best way to do that is to do what you bring the right equipment for. “In Göttingen, she meets Edmund Husserl, the founder of” Phenomenology, “who teaches how to get to grips with everyday life. Encounters with philosophers – such as Husserl, Reinach, Scheler, u.a. – bring her anew the world of faith; they give her the sense of the transcendent, of religious experiences and decisions. “It was like a first glimpse into a whole new world.” Follow more years of searching; painful life experiences let them grow inwardly.
In 1915 she passes her state exam in philosophical propaedeutics, history and German. After that she immediately goes as a volunteer Red Cross helper in an epidemic hospital on the Eastern Front. After the end of the First World War, Edith takes a trip to Jericho and returns to Germany strengthened, as soon as she completes a teacher training in Breslau.
In 1918, the young woman Stein traveled to Freiburg with Edmund Husserl, who had received a call to the University of Freiburg, to become his assistant. Here she is doing her doctorate in the same year. phil. with “summa cum laude”. After her d
eparture from Freiburg she stays several times in Wroclaw and Göttingen, where she tries to habilitate – unsuccessfully, because she has no opportunity as a woman.
In 1920 she is back home in Wroclaw; Here she gives lectures at the Volkshochschule and gives private philosophical courses. Edith is in a mental crisis, she does not know what to do next. In this life situation, she finds the biography of St. Teresa of Avila in her hands. She reads the book in one night and realizes for herself: “That’s the truth”. She decides to convert.
On January 1, 1922, she is baptized and admitted to the Catholic Church.
Through the mediation of the Speyer general vicar she becomes a teacher at the Dominican nuns of St. Magdalena in Speyer, where she teaches until 1931. During her schooldays, she continues to study translation and philosophical work until she gives up her teaching position and makes new attempts to habilitate. As a woman, she gets but this again no chance.
After other prospects have shatt
ered on a scientific activity, she accepted in 1932 an offer to work as a lecturer at the German Institute for Scientific Education in Münster. In the past years she has become known as a speaker at educational study days and congresses at home and abroad (Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris ……) and has received much recognition. “It’s basically always a small, simple truth that I have to say: how to start living by the hand of the Lord.”
When the National Socialists came to power in 1933, she lost her position.
Shortly after her change of faith she expresses the desire to become a Carmelite. Friends and acquaintances, however, initially advise her against it. Even with regard to her mother, who has already almost broken the baptism of the heart, she moves her plan again and again.
On October 14, 1933, however, she then enters the Cologne Carmel, after her real life has accumulated more and more inward. On April 15, 1934 she is clothed and chooses the name “Teresa Benedicta a Cruce”. “I am now in the place that I belonged to long ago.”.
On April 21, 1938, the Eternal Vows of Sister Benedic