Picked up this short little book at the interfaith library booksale today – it caught my eye because I recently learned about St Edith’s work on empathy while researching my thesis. It reads a bit, but not too much, like hagiography.
I hadn’t realized what an accomplished philosopher she was – her work in academia seems remarkable to me, given the times.
I find much in this brief discussion of her work that I like, but I just cannot swallow her dual-nature anthropology (ie, men and women have distinctive natures); though I do see how it qualifies as a feminist stance given the times, and the Kinder, Küche, Kirche context in which she was working. I strongly suspect her work significantly influenced JPII’s Theology of the Body (anybody know for sure?).
I confess I have not yet read most of the central chapter which discusses her work on Mary, including her role as co-redemptrix, which is another concept I find difficult to swallow. I expect I’ll read it someday.
The subtitle was a bit premature — Edith Stein was not canonized until 1998; but her story is certainly an inspiration. Her feastday is August 9th.
St. Edith, pray for us!