Sunday, August 9, 2009

St. Teresa Benedicta, (Edith Stein).....August 9


"Love will be our Eternity"
(Edith Stein)



Dear St. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross,
martyr of Auschwitz,
scholar of the Church,
embracer of the Cross of Christ-like love,
daughter of Abraham,
daughter of Our Lady of Mount Carmell,
you who abide deeply in the hearts of the
Messiah and His Mother,
please pray for us.







In the first card ...1. We see a skull and a cloud (of poisonous gas?) coming across the Auschwitz railroad tracks.2. We see Jesus wearing a death-camp uniform and holding a scroll with some Hebrew characters and a citation to Isaiah 42:1, which reads, "Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations."3. St. Teresa wears a Star of David while holding the "Son of David" and standing on a paten, symbolic of uniting her sacrifice with the Holy Sacrific of the Mass.
In the second card ...1. Not easily seen, unless one clicks on the card to magnify it, are the rows of barbed wire behind the saint.2. To the left and right of her head are the Greek letters that spell, "Hagia Edith" (Saint Edith).3. Hovering is the Star of David containing the German word, "Jude" (Jew).4. At the bottom, where I had expected to see "St. Teresa," we have a mixture of German and Polish: "Edith Stein von" (Edith Stein of) "Oswiecim" (the Polish name for Auschwitz).
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8 comments:

Meldelen said...

Great woman and great female martyr. Thanks for remembering her today.

My holycards of her: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26897070@N05/3665408837/

and

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26897070@N05/3803795848/

Anonymous said...

Hi, Micki.
I'm intrigued by some of the artistic elements used on these cards honoring the virgin martyr, St. Teresa Blessed by the Cross (Edith) Stein.

In the first card ...
1. We see a skull and a cloud (of poisonous gas?) coming across the Auschwitz railroad tracks.
2. We see Jesus wearing a death-camp uniform and holding a scroll with some Hebrew characters and a citation to Isaiah 42:1, which reads, "Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations."
3. St. Teresa wears a Star of David while holding the "Son of David" and standing on a paten, symbolic of uniting her sacrifice with the Holy Sacrific of the Mass.

In the second card ...
1. Not easily seen, unless one clicks on the card to magnify it, are the rows of barbed wire behind the saint.
2. To the left and right of her head are the Greek letters that spell, "Hagia Edith" (Saint Edith).
3. Hovering is the Star of David containing the German word, "Jude" (Jew).
4. At the bottom, where I had expected to see "St. Teresa," we have a mixture of German and Polish: "Edith Stein von" (Edith Stein of) "Oswiecim" (the Polish name for Auschwitz).

Thank you. John

diddleymaz said...

what powerful images!

Micki said...

Meldelen - Looks like we have the same cards. I didn't post the religious order habit but it is wonderful also. Thanks for sharing.

John - Wow...now there was a post of yours that had fabulous information about all the symbols. I do hope there are others who read all this.....very interesting for sure. Thank you for this blessings.

diddleymaz - Yes, extremely powerful...especially after John (above) pointed out all the symbol meanings. I pray more young people would learn about her strength and love of God. What a blessing she is to us.

Froggy said...

What do the goats and cow mean?

Anonymous said...

Froggy,

Since the card has other references to "sacrifice," I have to think that the artist decided to show images of animals that were typically sacrificed by the Jews in the time of Jesus (and before).

John

la amiga said...

I just found your blog and I am so impressed by all your wonderful holy cards. And thank you for posting these two very insightful and powerful cards.
I look forward to going through your archives.
:)

Micki said...

la amiga - Thank you and welcome. I hope you continue to enjoy as you go back through the archives.