She attended it with a friend, and by her own account, the homily moved her very deeply.
She wrote: I told our Lord that I knew it was His cross that was now being placed upon the Jewish people; that most of them did not understand this, but that those who did would have to take it up willingly in the name of all. At the end of the service, I was certain that I had been heard.
Her advisers saw that her conversion and claustration would be a double blow to her mother, and they knew the Church could benefit enormously from her contributions as a speaker and writer.
Stein eventually became a leading voice in the Catholic Womans Movement in Germany, speaking at conferences and helping to formulate the principles behind the movement.
Since this would mean that her mother, now eighty-four, would never see her again, Stein felt that the time had come to fulfill her long-standing desire to enter religious life.