Edith Stein

Edith Stein’s towering achievement – disabusing us of hégélianisme

True reform is decidedly not Hegelian. True reform builds on tradition and honors it. It is hard to express in words how important is understanding that proposition.

Edith Stein was made a patron of Europe. It is becoming more apparent why this was so. Edith’s réconciliation of modern philosophy with Thomas Aquinas and Middle Ages scholasticism is a towering achievement. It is a bulwark again the overwhelming hégélianisme of our day. The challenge is that we are present; we are modern; yet, the faith is eternal , unchanging and enduring. Thus, we necessarily change; we do progress, but not toward the “Great Absolute” in Hegel’s progressive terms, casting aside all tradition as we do so. On the contrary, we change from potency to act toward the eternal forms representing unchanging and unchangeable absolute truth in the mind of God. This reconciliation of past and present philosophy is Stein’s lifeline to those of us living in a time fractured by traditionalism, conservatism and progressivism. It is her towering achievement.

The following article is enlightening in these matters.

“The virtue of piety means to honor our parents and superiors (ST II-II q101 a1). Among the great reformer-saints, there is a deep sense of humility before fathers and superiors, even while young reformers seek to renew the Church. In this way, there is no question of continuity with the past, since the virtue of piety reverences both existing Church authority and the ancient Fathers.”


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