Saturday, December 18, 2010

Have Patience With Yourself

One of the saints I wish to know more about is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Whenever an atheist accuses me of being intellectually dishonest, naive and stupid because I believe in God, I refer them to her, even though I know so little about her. Why? Because she was born to devout Jewish parents, lived atheistically for roughly 15 years, and was a brilliant student and professor of philosophy who not only converted to Catholicism but entered the Carmel after all. This pretty much tosses all their arguments out the window and hopefully, plants a seed for God to water.

In one of her letters, Sister Teresa wrote: "God is truth. All who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not." Her spiritual advice to those seeking the truth was "Have patience with yourself, God does too."

In his beatification homily for her, Pope John Paul II noted her love for truth, obvious in another passage she had written: "My search for the truth was a constant prayer."

For some in this life, truth may have to do with questions on God's existence. For others, it will be a search for the purpose for which God intended our lives and a desire to know His will for us. It seems to me that as we pray for the conversion of sinners and non-believers, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross would be a very appropriate and sympathetic intercessor not only for them but for us as we continue on our journey.

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