Friday, February 21, 2014

Edith Stein tells it well

The soul of a woman is called to be expansive and open to all human beings; 
it must be quiet, so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; 
warm so as not to benumb fragile birds; 
clear, so that no vermin will settle in dark corners and recesses; 
self-contained, so that no invasions from without can imperil the inner life; 
empty of self, in order that extraneous life may have no room in it; 
mistress of itself and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.


  1. Do you see this as positive or too defining?

  2. isn't is interesting that we both decided to visit your blog today ? love you

    1. Lynne!!! I just saw this today...weird. Did someone else comment and then delete?

      Anyways...I read this and thought "YES, I want that...but I'm not sure if it's some untouchable ideal that wouldn't actually hold up in real life." I posted it here so that I would go back to it and think on it again, and...haven't. Until today!

      I miss you! I want to visit you!

      Love you.