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The Science of the Cross (The Collected Works of Edith Stein Vol. 6) (Stein, Edith//the Collected Works of Edith Stein) Paperback – February 3, 2003

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Original Language: German
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  • Series: Stein, Edith//the Collected Works of Edith Stein
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: ICS Publications (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935216316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935216318
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on March 5, 2008
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In this book, Edith Stein set about doing a fairly systematic analysis of the works of St John of the Cross sprinkled with the thoughts of Teresea and Avila and mediated through the eyes of another saint (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), namely Edith Stein herself.

It has to be said that this book is hard going simply because, whilst the language used for what happens in the mystical life is comprehensible when read cold on the page, it is significatory and emblematic language. It is describing a relationship with He, who is wholly Other, He, who is the First and the Last, and the Creator of all things, and without Whom all things would cease to exist. What one comes away with though is that the mystical life is only for those who are prepared to ascend to Calvary with Christ, and absolute death to the Self, so that Christ's "Eloi,Eloi..." on the cross becomes your cry. "With Christ, I hang upon the Cross" says St Paul to the Galatians and indeed (seemingly) that is precisely the life of the mystic.

And, indeed we saw with the publication of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta's letters, that for her, she felt bereft of God, but carried out her Master's commandments of love nonetheless. No sensual experiences of the Risen Christ, no spiritual goodies, just the dark night of faith, where the soul suspended on his Cross gives his resounding "yes" to the Father of Lights. Let there be no doubt about it, the mystical sort of life (as decribed in this book) appears to demand heroic sacrifice. But, it should be noted that both John of the Cross and Teresa of Avil seem to have gone into ecstacies without warning: indeed John would not say Mass for days for fear, he would be unable to attract attention to himself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Richards on November 24, 2010
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For those seriously seeking a deeper understanding of John of the Cross, Edith Stein and ultimately, the Crucified/Risen Christ. Truly inspired.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
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For those readers who want a greater understanding about Our Lords sacrifice on the Cross and the thought of St John of the Cross about the Love of his life, this book by Edith Stein a canonised Carmelite is absolute must
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on July 8, 2013
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This work is excellent!! It is worth navigating through it's depths. For the sake of growth this is a must for those who are intimately involved with the carrying of the cross. It is impossible to do this well with out good direction. This book will help to keep you going on the narrow path with the faith and hope that the saints of Carmel had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Dundon on September 6, 2013
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St. Edith Stein's last work before she was arrested and sent to her death in Auschwicz in 1942, It give the teaching of St. John of the Cross clearly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wilkin on November 24, 2012
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Edith Stein's independent spirit and spirituality serves to guide the reader into contemplating the goodness in life, in people, in all God's creation.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on September 5, 2013
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Today is Thursday September 05, 2013. I have just read the nine reviews of Edith Stein's THE SCIENCE OF THE CROSS (2003) already up on amazon.com. Like me, most of the reviewers come across as orthodox Roman Catholics. Around 1950 in my family's Jesuit parish in Shreveport our pastor regularly made a strong case whose mantra might have been "every man a mystic!" Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491 - 1556), founder of the Jesuits, was himself a mystic who in his SPIRITUAL EXERCISES taught Catholics how to rise to God. They were invited to do so through daily examinations of conscience, meditation on sense data and through praying over concretely imagined scenes from the Bible. They might then move even higher into the sense-detached stillness and darkness of advanced contemplation.

Those other amazon reviews seem by Catholics for Catholics. Let me, therefore, make a different case: a review for non-Catholics of Saint John of the Cross as presented and meditated on by Saint Edith Stein in her 1942, 2003 THE SCIENCE OF THE CROSS. That very clearly written book has something, I think, for believers and strivers for union with God of all times and all faiths. I base this generalization on three recent experiences talking about Saint John's mysticism and methods with non-Catholic friends. I could not and did not go as deeply with non-Catholics as I might with fellow Catholics who are more familiar with Saint John's inherited Catholicism. But I got farther than anticipated.

You too, I therefore confidently suggest, can help non-Catholics make up their minds whether to open and read Edith Stein's 20th Century description and philosophical/psychological analysis of 16th Century Spanish mystical experience.
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Probably one of the best books on living the Christ-life that I have ever read.It is deeply spiritual and at the same time very well written and understandable. Edith Stein, St.Theresa Benedicta of the Cross is a woman of towering sanctity ,faith and intellect. Conditon of the book was new.
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