(SOLD) St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

From Jew to atheist to convert to nun to martyr in Auschwitz.  Read all about her life below!


Original oil painting on unstretched canvas. Comes ready to hang with a walnut wood frame. Ships free in the US.


On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang.

Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.

On the reference: Painted from a public domain photo of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.sacredart

No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.


On the Saint:

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, born Edith Stein to a devout Jewish German family, but by her teenage years she was an atheist.

After WWI, Edith finished her doctoral thesis on empathy in philosophy and started writing her second doctoral thesis that would qualify her for a teaching position. She passed, but was rejected for teaching because she was a woman.

A few years later, Edith read St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography and was so moved by her that she immediately wanted to be Baptized become a cloistered Carmelite nun.

She was Baptized, but was cautioned to wait before joining an order, so she spent the next 8 years as a teacher at a Dominican school where she spent her free time translating St. Thomas Aquinas’ De Veritate into German and studying Catholic philosophy.

In 1932 she became a lecturer at a Catholic university, but within a year Hitler rose to power and decreed that no Jew could hold a position in the public sector or in education, so she was forced to resign.

With no job and no way to get a new one in a field of her expertise, Edith finally joined the Discalced Carmelites, and took her new name.

She continued to write on philosophy, finishing a book on metaphysics before her order moved her and her blood sister Rosa (an extern Carmelite at the same convent) to the Netherlands for their safety.

In Netherlands Theresa taught and wrote a book on St. John of the Cross. She never believed she would survive the war, and began to offer herself to the heart of Jesus as a “sacrifice of atonement for true peace”.

When the Nazis did invade the Netherlands there was an order to arrest all Jewish converts and Theresa, Rosa, and 243 other Jewish converts living in the Netherlands were taken to Auschwitz.

An official was so impressed with Theresa’s peace that he offered her an escape, which she vehemently refused saying, “If somebody intervened at this point and took away my chance to share in the fate of my brothers and sisters, that would be utter annihilation.”

Within the week she and countless others were put to death in a gas chamber in Auschwitz.


Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 4 in


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While many items are made to order, I always strive to get your order out by the next shipping day – Tuesday and Thursday. I ship First Class USPS which generally takes 2-4 days after that to arrive at your house.

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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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