Born in 1891 in a large Jewish family in Poland, Edith Stein was a bright, precocious and sometimes headstrong child. Her life was beset with innumerable separations, setbacks and disappointments she endured and the countless unexpected turns her journey took. Inspired by the autobiography of St Theresa of Avila she embraced Catholicism in 1922 and entered the Carmel of Cologne in 1933. As the Nazi threat increased, she was finally forced to flee to the Cannel in Echt, Holland, in 1938. She was arrested there along with her sister Rosa. They were deported to Auschwitz, where they died in the gas chambers on August 9, 1942. Pope John Paul II beatified Edith on May l, 1987 in Cologne and canonized her in Rome on October l 1, 1998. Edith Stein has made very valid contributions to feminism, phenomenology, educational theory, Catholic thought and inter-religious dialogue. She did not live to see the fruits of her self-sacrifice. But out of all the apparent failures and disappointments, out of all the disjointed fragments of her life, God wove a great tapestry and accomplished a great work. Today her life story inspires millions the world over.