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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 9, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Numbers 20:1-13
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Matthew 16:13-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today the Church celebrates a relatively new saint (1998), St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Her life story is summed up in St. Peter's answer to Christ's question in today's Gospel, "Who do you say that I am?"

Born in a family of devout practicing Jews, St. Teresa, (Edith Stein) lived in Germany in the turbulent era of Hitler's Third Reich. Gifted with considerable intelligence and determination, she was a budding philosopher among the intellectuals of the day. But God had other plans for Edith.

On a visit to the home of some Catholic friends she "stumbled upon" the autobiography of St. Teresa of Jesus, (Teresa of Avila) and read it to completion we are told, without stopping. Having read it she exclaimed, "This is truth."

Like Peter, when confronted with the ultimate Truth of God manifested in the person of Jesus, there could be no turning back. She, like Peter, had an encounter with the Son of the living God.

Her story is one of docility to the workings of God's Holy Spirit. Ultimately this Daughter of the Atonement as she is called, died a martyr in the Death Camp at Auschwitz—a Catholic, a Discalced Carmelite nun, an oblation for her time.

"Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly." (Matthew 16:21)

So too, must His followers.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS -->
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Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD, virgin and martyr

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