As Hitler increased his reign of terror upon the Jews of Germany Edith Stein was forced to escape to Echt, Holland. A Jesuit priest met her during these desperately frightening times and would later write:

The fascinating thing to me about Edith Stein was that truth did not exist as an abstraction for her but as something incarnated in persons and therefore as inconceivable apart from love. . . . The Christ she had encountered as a phenomenologist was the one who had revealed himself within his Church, not some rationalistic projection of him. In the same way, Christ was a Jew, and Edith Stein felt proud to belong to his [email protected] . As Edith herself said, “If God is within us and if God is love, it cannot be otherwise than that we love our brothers and sisters. Therefore our love of human beings is the measure of our love of God. For the Christian,” she proclaimed in her experience of Truth, “there is no such thing as a stranger. At any time it is our neighbor who stands before us, the one who needs us the most; regardless of whether he is related or not, whether we like him or not, whether he is ‘morally deserving’ or not.”

Lawrence Rust