She wrote: ‘For those blessed souls who have entered into the unity of life with God, everything is one: rest and activity, looking and acting, silence and speaking, listening and communicating, surrender in loving acceptance and an outpouring of love in grateful songs of praise’. At the end of her life, in Auschwitz, it would seem that she had herself reached this blessed place. She was seen as open to all, caring for those in need around her, and, in a letter, she wrote that ‘so far, I have been able to pray wonderfully’. She was indeed ‘Benedicta’, the blessed one.

May she pray for us, in all the challenges to the Faith today, and may God bless you.