Thursday, August 09, 2007

St. Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)

Today is the feast day of an amazing, inspirational woman, St. Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Read more about her here at Catholic Educator's Resouce Center, as well as here. And here's an entry at Catholic Culture.

"God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him -- really rest -- and start the next day as a new life."

~~ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


Carrie K. said...

I am enjoying my two days alone while my four are off camping with Daddy. I am so grateful for a husband who knows when I need a break!

Thanks for this quote - it was just what I needed today.

LK said...

Wow, this quote has rather left me speechless, but I feel I need to comment. I began reading your blog a few weeks ago, after the Bonny Glen repost of their cross country trip. It occurred to me that we're "nearly neighbors" (I live south of Kearney) and I have been enjoying your blog ever since.

Lately, the time I have been spending on the computer is an attempt to distract myself while my 5 month old baby goes through her crying spells. I've not yet found anything to soothe her - not rocking, not nursing, not a walk in the stroller (the heat doesn't help) - nothing I do seems to matter.

Once she finally falls asleep, I take a deep breath, and I believe if I let him, God will indeed give me what I need in that instant. Thank you for the reminder of where my strength lies.

Karen E. said...

Carrie, I'm so glad you enjoyed a similar little break, and that this quote spoke directly to you, as it did to me.

LK, thank you, too, for taking the time to stop and comment, and I'm glad the quote touched you, too. I'll pray for you and your sweet baby! I'm so sorry to hear that you have such tough crying spells with her. Do you nurse exclusively? I only ask because a friend of mine once tried everything for her colicky baby, and eventually found out he had a terrible allergy to the formula she was giving him. (Of course, they can have some allergic reactions to things in breast milk, too, so that's another thought.) I'll pray for you and your family, and in the meantime, yes, we'll all lean on His strength.

LK said...

Thank you for the prayers! I do nurse exclusively, much to my mother's dismay. Since she gave me cereal at 2 weeks, it's all I can do to keep her from poking some in my baby! (I decided I wanted to wait until my baby is six months old for solids.)

I'm not sure it's my diet, because she hasn't always been this way - just in the last 6 weeks. The two things that happeend around that time were that my MIL started watching her one morning a week (and not really making her nap) and we quit swaddling her for sleep because she kicked out of it!

I'm considering taking her to see my pediatrician cousin in Scottsbluff to see if she has any thoughts.

Thanks again!

Karen E. said...

The nap thing could make a difference ... your mom wouldn't sneak her some cereal, would she? :-)

I'd probably check in with the pediatrician, too, especially since it's a new behavior. In the meantime, prayers continue for you both. Those crying jags can be so hard. They do, however, give us a lot to offer up.