August 7 St. Albert of Trapani, Priest
Also known as St. Albert of Sicily. Albert was born of Benedict degli Abati and Joan Palizi, both of whom promised to consecrate him to the Lord. Alberts parents promised that if they were blessed with a son, he would be dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Educated in a Carmelite monastery, and joined the order at age 18. Teacher in the monastery. Mendicant preacher to the Sicilians, making many conversions; especially devoted to, and successful with, Sicilian Jews. Miracle worker. Sicilian Carmelite provincial
in 1257, and worked both as preacher and administrator.
Albert was among the first Carmelite saints venerated by the Order.
August 9 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Virgin, Martyr
Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family at Breslau, Germany on October 12, 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched after truth and found it in reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Jesus. In 1922 she was baptized a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942, during the Nazi persecution and died a martyr for the Christian faith after having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel.. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II at Cologne
on May 1, 1987 who also canonized her on October 11, 1998.