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Title: Edith Stein Carmelite
Author(s): SULLIVAN, John
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 10 Date: 2000
By her decision to choose the life of a Carmelite nun the then Fräulein Doktor Edith Stein caused some surprise at the time. It continues to stir people's imaginations today: the major shift from a productive career o life in a contemplative, enclosed monastery seems paradoxical to some.
While trying to avoid apologetic stances, this consideration of 'Edith Stein [as a] Carmelite' aims to answer two basic questions structuring the article:
1) Why did Edith enter the Carmelite Order?
2) To what degree did Edith assimilate Carmelite spirituality?
The fruit of discoveries gathered from personal archival research and examination of a growing number of monograph studies about Stein permit reasonable conclusions about what she was after, what she did during her nine years and ten months of religious life with the Carmelite nuns, and what she has bequeathed us as her heritage.