Edith Stein
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"Edith Stein", also known as "St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross", Discalced Carmelites/OCD (, ) (12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942), was a German Jewish Philosophy/philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church.

She was born into an observant Jews/Jewish family, but was an atheism/atheist by her teenage years. Moved by the tragedies of World War I, in 1915 she took lessons to become a nursing assistant and worked in a hospital for the prevention of disease outbreaks. After completing her doctorate/doctoral thesis in 1916 from the University of Göttingen, she obtained an assistantship at the University of Freiburg.

From reading the works of the reformer of the Carmelites/Carmelite Order, Teresa of Ávila/St. Teresa of Jesus, OCD, she was drawn to the Catholic Faith. She was baptism/baptized on 1 January 1922 into the Roman Catholic Church. At that point she wanted to become a Discalced Carmelite nun, but was dissuaded by her spiritual mentors. She then taught at a Catholic school of education in Speyer.

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