St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s writings display rich and numerous references to the saving instrument of our salvation, the Cross of Christ. Not only did she weave repeated references to the Cross in her final work The Science of the Cross, she devised elsewhere other cogent images of it. Iconography for her helps impress the beneficial image and effect the Cross has on the lives of those who believe in Jesus.
Two imaged instances of her appreciation for the Cross are available to us, one in her autobiographical Life in a Jewish Family and another adorning The Science of the Cross. No lengthy reflections, each represents sensitivity for symbolism. They demonstrate poignantly how deep an imprint the Cross left upon her questing spirit.
Life in a Jewish Family
A passage she leaves us in Life in a Jewish Family (page 242) about student days at the University of Göttingen sounds significant, since it appears in the pre-Christian period of her life before she received Baptism early in 1922 (centenary coming soon).
“The Nicolausbergweg winds its way from the Weender Gate to the east, out of town and up the mountain. When one has left the last houses behind, one can see the charming village of Nicolausberg on the summit.