9 August is the feast of a great woman of the 20th century, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a sister of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
Arrested 2 August 1942 and murdered by the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazis) on 9 August 1942 in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. [Please excuse the google/amplexi translation. My German is nicht sehr gut.] Here's a little prayer:God of our fathers, you led the holy martyr St. Teresa Benedicta, Edith Stein, to the knowledge of your crucified Son, and called her to follow him even to the point of death. Through her intercession and by the crucified Christ, may all people recognize the Savior and persevere to reveal your glory. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Faced with problems and disappointments, many people will try to escape from their responsibility: escape in selfishness, escape in sexual pleasure, escape in drugs, escape in violence, escape in indifference and cynical attitudes. But today, I propose to you the option of love, which is the opposite of escape.
St. John Paul II, Mass at Boston Common 1979 (via you-before-me)
( 400,000 people attended on that event on 1 October 1979. I must have heard the homily on the radio, or maybe read a transcript somewhere. I had just graduated from college in May 1979 and was engaged to be married to the woman who is still my wife. I had no real job and was beginning the slide into the escape of alcoholism out of which I finally cried for help four years later. In the back of my mind those goose-bump words kept rattling around: “…the option of LOVE, which is the opposite of escape.” — Amplexi )