The imagination of Santa Teresa: Virtues and folijes of la i.oca de la casa

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Abstract

The negative view of the passions did not seem to affect Saint Teresa excessively, since she saw them as divine stimuli placed by God within the soul, through which the soul could be more dynamic and vital. Nor did the saint allow herself to be overcome by melancholy or spiritual apathy, but -rather- she allowed the spirits to flow from the heart to the brain, channelling the emotions of the republic of the body and thereby facilitating the task of the imagination, that crazy woman of the house, which transforms itself intellectually in accordance with the soul's ascendance through various abodes. Imagination and memory are therefore, for Saint Teresa, wholly complementary to intellectual meditation and prayer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-34
JournalEdad de Oro
Volume34
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Divine stimuli
  • Imagination
  • Meditation
  • Passions
  • Spiritual experience

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