In 1562, Teresa de Avila founded the Discalced Carmelites and launched a reform movement that would pit her against the Church hierarchy and the male officials of her own religious order.
Author: Barbara Louise Mujica
In 1562, Teresa de Avila founded the Discalced Carmelites and launched a reform movement that would pit her against the Church hierarchy and the male officials of her own religious order. This new spirituality, which stressed interiority and a personal relationship with God, was considered dangerous and subversive. It provoked the suspicion of the Inquisition and the wrath of unreformed Carmelites. The Inquisition investigated Teresa repeatedly, and the Carmelite General had her detained. But even during the most terrible periods of persecution, Teresa continued to fight for the reform using the weapon she wielded best: the pen. Teresa wrote hundreds, perhaps thousands, of letters to everyone from the King to prelates to mothers of novices. Teresa's epistolary writing reveals how she used her political acumen to dodge inquisitors and negotiate the thorny issues of the reform, facing off the authorities and reprimanding priests and nuns who failed to follow her orders. Her letters bring to light the different strategies she used in order to communicate with nuns and male allies. They show how she manipulated language, varying her tone and rhetoric according to the recipient or slipping into deliberate vagueness in order to avoid divulging secrets. What emerges from her correspondence is a portrait of courage, ability, and shrewdness. --From publisher's description.
Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle, 333. 27 Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle, 334. 28 In
her study of Teresa's epistolary writings, Teresa de Ávila: Lettered Woman,
Bárbara Mujica, names four key correspondents to whom nearly half of all her
Author: Christopher McMahon
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
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13 Mujica, Teresa de Avila, Lettered Woman, 68 14 See Henry Anscar Kelly, The
Devil, Demonology, and Witchcraft, 108–17. 15 Letters refers to The Collected
Letters of St. Teresa of Avila, Vols. 1 and 2. 16 See Mujica, “Paul the Enchanter”,
Author: Daniel Robinson
The third volume of The History of Evil encompasses the early modern era from 1450–1700. This revolutionary period exhibited immense change in both secular knowledge and sacred understanding. It saw the fall of Constantinople and the rise of religious violence, the burning of witches and the drowning of Anabaptists, the ill treatment of indigenous peoples from Africa to the Americas, the reframing of formal authorities in religion, philosophy, and science, and it produced profound reflection on good and evil in the genius of Shakespeare, Milton, Bacon, Teresa of Avila, and the Cambridge Platonists. This superb treatment of the history of evil during a formative period of the early modern era will appeal to those with interests in philosophy, theology, social and political history, and the history of ideas.
Mujica elucidates Teresa's use of both the apophatic and kataphatic spiritual
traditions (“Beyond Image”), and the feminist aspects of her thought (Teresa de
Jesús; Teresa de Ávila, Lettered Woman; “Was Saint Teresa a Feminist?”), while
Author: Susan L. Fischer
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Although scholars often depict early modern Spanish women as victims, history and fiction of the period are filled with examples of women who defended their God-given right to make their own decisions and to define their own identities. The essays in Women Warriors in Early Modern Spain examine many such examples, demonstrating how women battled the status quo, defended certain causes, challenged authority, and broke barriers. Such women did not necessarily engage in masculine pursuits, but often used cultural production and engaged in social subversion to exercise resistance in the home, in the convent, on stage, or at their writing desks. Distributed for the University of Delaware Press
Lehfeldt, Elizabeth A. Religious Women in Golden Age Spain: The Permeable
Cloister. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2005. Mujica, Bárbara. Teresa de Ávila:
Lettered Woman. Nashville.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009. ———. “Was
Author: Mark O'Keefe, O.S.B.
Publisher: ICS Publications
St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross are among the greatest teachers of prayer in the Christian tradition. For nearly five centuries, their writings on the spiritual life have guided those seeking greater union with God. Beyond the written corpus of these saints, the lived experiences of these reformers of the Carmelite Order also draws fascination. Living in sixteenth-century Spain among kings, prelates, explorers, inquisitors, and reformers, these two saints were formed and sanctified by the context and circumstances of their historical time and place. In Context: Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, and Their World explores the social, cultural, intellectual, and religious themes that prevailed during the time in which St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross lived and breathed. This book is not only a thematic overview but also visits particular situations in the lives of these saints: the events that shaped their writings, their lives, and the Carmelite Reform they initiated. Offering for the first time in English a comprehensive contextual overview of the Carmelite reformers, Father O’Keefe draws upon pivotal scholarly sources not available to many beginner-to-intermediate students of spirituality. The extensive bibliographies point readers toward the next steps in diving deeper into Carmelite studies. Also including a comprehensive index and 16 pages of color photos, this book is an excellent resource for any earnest student of St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross.
Mujica, Bárbara, Teresa de Ávila: Lettered Woman (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt
University Press, 2009). Mujica, Bárbara, see also Teresa of Ávila, Epistolario;
idem, Collected Letters (under Primary Sources). Mulhern, P., 'Thomas à Kempis'
Author: Ian Richard Netton
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
This distinctive comparison of Islamic and Christian mysticism focuses on the mystic journey in the two faith traditions.
“Under the guidance of Jerome you will learn history derived from the Greek and
Latin sources. Origen and Ambrose will lay ... Mujica is author of the novel Sister
Teresa and of Teresa de Avila, Lettered Woman. 6. This is not to deny that the ...
Author: Elizabeth Newman
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The disunity of the church is a social and theological scandal for it betrays the prayer of Jesus that we "will be one . . . so that the world will believe" (John 17:21). As a Baptist whose academic background focused on the Orthodox Church and whose teaching has included Catholic and Protestant contexts, this division is for Elizabeth Newman personal and professional. Attending to the Wounds on Christ's Body rests on the conviction that the broad tradition of Christianity already contains resources to heal the church, namely the saints of the church. Newman examines especially how Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) speaks to the whole church today in the midst of political, economic, and ecclesial brokenness. Teresa's reliance upon three scriptural figures--dwellings, marriage, and pilgrimage--helps make sense of an ecclesial way of life that is inherently unitive, a unity that stands in contrast to that of the nation-state or the global market. Teresa's scriptural journey offers an alternative at once liturgical, political, and economic. This Doctor of the Church provides "medicine" that can repair wounds of division that separate brothers and sisters in Christ.
A Biography of Teresa of Avila Victoria Lincoln Elias L. Rivers, Antonio T. De
Nicolás ... failed in trying to answer the problems raised by Teresa's own writings
and in particular her letters.2 This kind of one-dimensional writing has its roots in
Author: Victoria Lincoln
Publisher: SUNY Press
Traces the life of the sixteenth-century Spanish saint, describes her visions, and discusses her writings and accomplishments
It is worthwhile to examine Teresa ' s missive in some detail , since it serves to set
the context for our discussion of Ana ' s letters by ... 8 For a detailed discussion of
this dispute , see my forthcoming book , Teresa de Ávila , Lettered Woman .
Author: Chad Michael Gasta
Publisher: Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs
Thirty-one essays chiefly focused on Fiore's interest in Spanish Golden Age literature.
With its endnotes, biographical sketches, and above all, fresh translation, this second volume of Teresa's Collected Letters opens again another door into the fascinating world of this saint, one of the greatest women history has known.
Author: Teresa of Avila
Publisher: ICS Publications
Contains Letters from 1578 to 1582 Includes Biographical Sketches, Sources for the Biographical Sketches and Index. More Information This second and final volume of St. Teresa's correspondence begins with the year 1578, a most troubling time for Teresa. A keen observer of the reality around her as well as within, Teresa in these letters focuses light on many of the struggles in both the Carmelite order and the church of sixteenth-century Spain. She introduces us to major personalities who have left their mark on history. Through her letters historians gain a better knowledge of the chronology of events in Teresa's life and how she related to the diverse people she had dealings with. A number of everyday particulars that compilers and editors of those times considered unimportant are today prized. Her worries, her troubles and triumphs, her expressions of sadness and joy, are all present here. With a compelling spontaneity, these letters disclose a Teresa in a complex variety of circumstances. The extraordinary gifts of grace bestowed by God on this Spanish Madre fortified her for a demanding ministry of service which entailed heavy responsibilities and that drew her contemplative soul into a whirl of activities. Because of the limited means of travel and communication in the sixteenth century, the organization of a reform like hers, with its unavoidable business matters, had to be dealt with chiefly through correspondence, a chafing duty that became one of Teresa's greatest trials. She often repeated that letter-writing was her biggest burden, a wearisome task that cost her more than all the miserable roads and bad weather experienced on her journeys through Spain. With its endnotes, biographical sketches, and above all, fresh translation, this second volume of Teresa's Collected Letters opens again another door into the fascinating world of this saint, one of the greatest women history has known.
Includes studies of the letters of the Mantuan marchesa Isabella d'Este, the
Florentine patrician Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi, the French noblewoman
Marguerite de Navarre, the Spanish saint Teresa of Avila, and the German reform
Author: Margaret King
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of European history and culture between the 14th and 17th centuries. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibliographies.com.
She bridged the private and public spheres in giving women advice on how to
influence public affairs. French ... Erasmus was also of interest to Teresa of Avila,
Spain (1515-82), especially his exhortation that all Christians study the “
philosophy of Christ. ... A Renaissance woman: Helisenne's personal and
Author: T. Dykeman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
When down from the moon stepped the goddess of the night, she bid Minerva/Athene come to her. "Minerva/Athene," she said, "you sprang fully formed from the head of your father. Now all the daughters of mankind think they, too, are as rootless as you. Tonight I bid you dance, join the circle round 1 that tree glistening with the clarity of wisdom. Mother Natura and Lady Philosophia, hands together, already have begun the promenade of myth and allegory. " Still in the garb of gold and white stone, Minerva/ Athene did as she was bid and danced till dawn. Then in new light, she found herself suddenly a budding flower on a tall branch, and even more swiftly a crystalline fruit, rivaling the morning sun, refracting the light. Behold, she had grown roots, difficult to discover down in the dark of history, deep in the solid knowledge of earth. And the daughters of humankind saw and reveled in their roots. This is the story of this book, a history, long and diverse, of women thinkers and their thought. It will become a legacy for all who study it, a legacy that Heloi"se, Marie de Gournay, Sor Juana Ines de Ia Cruz, and Judith Sargent Murray among many women philosophers assured by composing lists of the names of women little acknowledged century after century. While the Hannah Arendt's, Susanne K.
On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady[11 two letters of yours were
delivered to me along with those from our padre.[21 Never fail to tell me
something just because you think his paternity is telling me about it, for in fact he
doesn't, and I am ...
Author: St. Teresa of Avila
Publisher: ICS Publications
Contains Letters from 1546 to 1577Includes Introductions, Endnotes, and Biographical Sketches.St. Teresa of Avila wrote candidly the story of both her life and her work as foundress in two books: the Life and the Foundations. Despite her openness in them, she wrote with the knowledge they would be read by her censors. Her letters, then, exhibit even more striking candor, offering many details that were not meant for the public. In these letters we walk with Teresa year by year, day by day -- even hour by hour sometimes. Her worries, her troubles and triumphs, her expressions of sadness and joy pervade these pages. Without question we have before us a rich collection, showing a heart magnanimously open to others, communicating with them on many levels, pouring itself out to family members and religious, to friends, theologians, advisors, and to the nobility and business people. Difficult as writing a book was for Teresa, she preferred it to letter-writing, a drudgery that cost her more than all the pitiful roads and sorry weather experienced on her journey through Spain. What proved painful for her has proved a treasure for us, a collection of letters that scholars consider unparalleled in Spanish literature.
Women Religious and Epistolary Exchange in the Carmelite Reform: The Disciples of Teresa de Avila carries the story beyond Teresa's death, showing how the next generation of Carmelite nuns struggled into the seventeenth century to continue ...
Author: Bárbara Mujica
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
The sixteenth century was a period of crisis in the Catholic Church. Monastic reorganization was a major issue, and women were at the forefront of charting new directions in convent policy. The story of the Carmelite Reform has been told before, but never from the perspective of the women on the front lines. Nearly all accounts of the movement focus on Teresa de Avila, (1515-1582), and end with her death in 1582. Women Religious and Epistolary Exchange in the Carmelite Reform: The Disciples of Teresa de Avila carries the story beyond Teresa's death, showing how the next generation of Carmelite nuns struggled into the seventeenth century to continue her mission. It is unique in that it draws primarily from female-authored sources, in particular, the letters of three of Teresa's most dynamic disciples: María de San José, Ana de Jesús and Ana de San Bartolomé.