Edith Stein

We see you standing by with a volume
That bears the title in luminous letters
Science of the Cross

Edith Stein

By Joe Palathunkal
When we turn to the inhuman chapters of human history
Where Hitlers and Pol Pots snarl with delirium
Dripping blood from their mouths
We see you standing by with a volume
That bears the title in luminous letters
Science of the Cross
That stormed an emperor’s soul
To offer an empire to the Wounded Healer.
Germany’s daughter Edith Stein
In your interior castle when you exalted the Cross
The deadly chamber of Auschwitz turned into a sanctuary
To establish the kingdom that was preached from Calvary
And those who ran with Peter
Away from the treasure unearthed by the Queen Mother
Found in your book how to get into the shoes of the other
To feel the pulse of a soul in tears
And with all the inhuman weapons the Nazis employed,
They could not defeat the flag you held aloft
When inhumanity devoured you in the hellish chamber
And you emerged victorious as the Benedicta of the Cross
And Hitler lay a fallen idol in the battlefield of history.

(Joe Palathunkal is Associate Editor, Living in Faith)

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