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Saint Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) Novena
Feast Day: August 9

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Day 1

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We praise you, God, for Saint Edith’s ability to hold firm to her faith. She knew death awaited her at the concentration camp, yet, Edith actually longed to prove her faith and love for You in this way.

Saint Edith, please help me to also be strong in my own faith. Help me to withstand the trial and persecution I may face for believing in God. Whether suffering ridicule or physical harm, guide me by your example and prayers to stay true to God. I ask that you help me to keep my eyes fixed on the cross. I know that is where you kept your thoughts during your persecution. As I gaze upon my suffering Lord Jesus, I ask that you pray for my intentions: (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 2

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God, we know the suffering that unfaithfulness brings you. We also know the joy you feel in watching Your children embrace the faith and Your love. That is why I am so grateful for your example, Saint Edith. Even at a young age, you knew that faith was something to be lived. You didn’t see that example in the world around you. You didn’t cave into this example. You didn’t become lukewarm. You held out for the truth. Pray for me, that I can do the same. You were also willing to admit when you had found the truth. Your own encounter with God was the result of seeing others living their faith. You wanted that same love and weren’t afraid to accept it. Today, I bring to you all those who do not know God.

Edith, you know the struggles they face. Please pray for them. Please bring them before our Father. Please guide their hearts towards conversion, so that they too may know God’s love and joy in them. Please pray for me when I feel like I struggle to know our Father’s love as well. I also ask at this time that you bring before our Lord my own intentions: (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 3

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thank you, Lord, for revealing Yourself to us so that we may come to know You. You knew the importance of knowledge, Saint Edith. What a wonder your mind must have been! Best of all, you knew how to use your mind to learn more about God. Knowledge of God may not have been your original intention. Yet, it was that knowledge that convinced you to give faith another chance. I struggle sometimes to make sense of God’s revelation. But I want to come to know Him better. I ask you, Saint Edith, to help me learn more about God. Encourage me to use my mind to come to know God better. Pray that I will be more motivated to know Him better. Inspire my mind on the journey towards truth. Allow me to exclaim “This is the truth!” I also pray that you keep in mind my other intentions: (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 4

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God, we praise You today for Saint Edith Stein’s example of religious curiosity. You are a patron saint of World Youth Day, Saint Edith. You were once a young adult yourself. You struggled to find truth in the world. Similar to young people today, you disagreed with those who only talked about their faith and didn’t live it out. That kind of behavior disillusioned you. It was a few encounters with passionate Christians, however, that changed your mind and stole your heart for God. Edith, help me to lead young people to Christ by the way I live my life. Inspire me to teach our youth where to find truth. Pray that my actions will point others to faith in Christ. I pray that all young adults discover God’s love for them. Help me to be a path for them to God. At this time, I also ask that you keep in mind these my intentions: (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 5

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God, we entrust to Your great mercy all those who have died. Saint Edith, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for you to lose your father at age two. Your mother was so strong! She took care of your 10 siblings. She also heroically ran the family business. You must have missed your father greatly, Saint Edith! Did your heart feel like it was missing a piece? I also miss my family members and friends who have died. I wonder if this pain will ever go away. Please pray that God will comfort my grief. Remind me that my lost loved ones are with you and with God. Give them my love and prayers. Be with all those who have been affected by death recently. Especially draw close to all children who have lost a parent. Be their guide where their earthly parents cannot be present. Pray for their needs and their hearts. I also humbly bring you my intentions to bring before our Lord. (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 6

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Father, thank You for the unique vocation of womanhood. We know that the genders are expressions of Your own image. Help us to live out our manhood or womanhood in ways that glorify You. You exemplified what it was like to be a Catholic woman, Saint Edith. You lived in a male-dominated world, yet, you knew that women had dignity in the eyes of God. You stood up for equality. At the same time, you also recognized the importance of men and women. Each has an important role to play in society. Thank you for being a voice for women. Thank you for showing what a woman’s role in the Church can look like. Thank you for being a virtuous Catholic woman! Please help me to live out my own vocation. Pray that I will embrace my gender and use its uniqueness to glorify God. Please also keep my intentions in mind before the Father: (State your intentions here)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 7

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

You created the world and all that is in it, O God. Help us to use this earth to praise You! Saint Edith, you struggled with the relationship between secular and religious matters. As a new Catholic, you weren’t sure how to balance your life. Life didn’t end as a new convert. You were called to become a speaker on women’s issues. You also taught German and history while your mind was captivated by much higher things. Yet, you soon realized that the things of this earth could point to God. You thought that women’s equality could be viewed in relationship to God’s view of humanity. Pray that I will see how all things in my life can point to God as well. Saint Edith, you know that I live in a world that imposes a sharp divide between church and everything else. Help me to be in the world as a Christian but not of the world. Pray that everything I do, secular or religious, will be for God’s greater glory. Help me to be part of the world, so that I can show the world my faith. I also ask that you pray for my intentions: (State your intentions)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 8

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thank you, God, for all of the vocations. Priesthood, religious life, and marriage are all ways that we can serve You and give You praise! When you first became Catholic, Saint Edith, you longed to give God everything. That’s why the convent seemed so perfect for you. You didn’t let your initial denial stop you. You persevered and eventually got to spend all your time contemplating the Lord. I want to be just as secure in my own calling! Please help me to accept and live out my vocation. Pray that my ears will be open to hearing God speaking in my life. Whatever way I am called to serve, help me to do so faithfully. Pray that I will be courageous! If I am called to marriage, strengthen me to love my spouse as God would. Bless me with children to raise in the faith. If I am called to religious life, please pray that my soul will be on fire to belong to God. If I am called to priesthood, grant me the grace to lead God’s people. At this time, I also ask that you keep in mind these intentions: (State your intentions)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 9

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God, I know that you are all powerful! There was such evil during World War II and evil still exists in our world today. Yet I know that You are still here among us. Saint Edith, you were martyred because of evil. While the hatred of the Nazis seems so far away now, I know that evil is still present today. Evil still drives society. Evil still kills others. Evil still reigns with fear. I want to be part of the change that stands up to evil and drives the devil away. Edith, please help me to drive out evil, first in my own life and then in the world. Guide my thoughts to be positive and charitable towards all. Pray that I might have the courage to stand up to evil in a loving and constructive way. When faced with evil, pray that I will have the same calm and serenity you had in facing the concentration camp. Please also keep in mind these my intentions: (State your intentions)

Saint Edith Stein, pray for me! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.