Throughout this prayer space one is encouraged to reflect on empathy through flames of an oil lamp.

Equipment: oil lamp and flames templates, crayons, stickers, markers, pen, pencil

Related to Liturgy: Feast of Saint Edith Stein

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Without a doubt, everyone came across the word ‘faith’. Faith means complete trust in someone or something. On the 9th of August, we celebrate the feast of Saint Edith Stein or St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross who was born in Poland on the 12th October 1891. Edith experienced different kinds of beliefs in her life until she found the Truth and strengthened her faith in this Truth. She was born in a Jewish family, became an atheist and converted to Catholicism when reaching her thirties. Stein studied, lectured and wrote about empathy (how one understands the other person’s situation. St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross practised empathy with her fellow prisoners in the Nazi Concentration camp during the Second World War.

  • Cut a paper plate in half or a semi-circle shape from a cereal box
  • Decorate as you like the oil lamp template you formed
  • Colour the flame and in it write a means of empathy you can practise
  • Light up the oil lamp with the empathy means flame

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