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The Hidden Life: Essays Meditations Spiritual Texts


13th June 2013 Christian Books 4 Comments

By Edith Stein, translated by Waltraut Stein, Ph.D. Shorter spiritual writings on prayer, liturgy, and the spirit of Carmel, with 5 photos and index. This is an inspiring collection of Edith Stein’s shorter spiritual writings, many available for the first time in English translation. They were composed during her final years, often at the request of her Carmelite superiors. Here the noted philosopher, Catholic feminist, and convert shares her reflections on prayer, liturgy, the lives of holy women, the spirit of Carmel, the mystery of the Christian vocation, and the meaning of the cross in our lives. These essays, poems, and dramatic pieces offer readers a unique glimpse into the hidden inner life of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable women.The book includes 5 photos and index. 156 Pages. SOFTCOVER.


The Hidden Life: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts (The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Vol. 4) (v. 4)










  • 4 responses to "The Hidden Life: Essays Meditations Spiritual Texts"

  • boondockmom
    2:21 on June 13th, 2013
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    When someone, today, mentions Edith Stein it is very often in a religious context. This is because of her deep faith that yielded with her conversion to Christianity and, at the end with her martyrdom. (She died in a gas chamber during the Second World War.) Therefore, when we talk about Edith Stein we often forget her as a talented philosopher of a very lucid philosophical mind, which she always tried to melt with her deepest religious convictions. The book Knowledge and Faith is just one of such books that brings to us sharp insights in such philosophy-faith relationship. This is why this book starts with an inspired and intelligent dialogue between philosophy and theology ( incorporated in characters of Husserl and Aquinas) and ends with her philosophical essays that cannot be divided from her theological stands. It is very important book, not just to understand Edith Steins work but to clarify some important points between philosophy and faith.

  • Nobody
    2:57 on June 13th, 2013
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    As she converted to Christianity, Edith Stein joined one of the strictes orders-that of Carmelites. That was because she thought that only behind convent walls she could completely detach from the outside world and devote herself to God. So, when we talk about the title of the book:”The hidden life” we do not talk only about the life in a convent but also about the base of Edith Steins life that was contemplation of a hidden life of Good in everything that exist. As the convent itself had its spiritual life, Edith Stein contributed it with her hagiographic essays about Carmelite saints. Therefore here we can find inspired interpretations of lives of some well known or less known Carmelite saints like St. Theresa of Avila or St. Elizabeth. The rest of the book contents some other religious essays and dialogues that deeply marked Edith Steins life during her stay in a Carmelite convent. An inspired and interesting book.

  • Factcheck
    2:50 on June 14th, 2013
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    Knowledge and Faith contains both the Catholic and secular (edited for publication) versions of Stein’s comparison and combination of philosophers Edmund Husserl and Thomas Aquinas. While these two are quite different on the surface (as the progenitors of phenomenology and Thomism, respectively), Stein manages to place them in immediate confrontation and display an amazingly keen understanding of both. This is, in some ways, not surprising since she was both a student of Husserl (who deserves the credit for actually saving much of his work) and a follower of the Catholic Church of which Thomas Aquinas is a “doctor”.

    There is also an essay on Pseudo-Dionysius included, but I recommend this book primarily as a must-read for those who wish to understand the intersection of Thomism and phenomenology).

  • or not
    10:40 on June 14th, 2013
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    I have read Teresa of Avila a number of times. Edith Stein does a wonderful job of paraphrasing and translating the meanings of St. Teresa’s writings.

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