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Edith Stein Edith Stein was a Jewish convert to Catholicism, and although the war found her ensconced in a Carmelite monastery, the Nazis still considered her to be Jewish. Eventually she was arrested along with her sister and sent to a death camp. Here, she lost all thought of her own comfort and safety as she spent her final days caring for the needs of others. As a young woman, Edith Stein was anxious and tentative about her future and the meaning of her life, but later she had a spiritual awakening which was vastly strengthened through Nazi persecution. She came to see her life as a gift to be given away, and the suffering she experienced gave her the opportunity to live out her destiny. Suffering often creates love and compassion in us.

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