Autobiography and other writings by Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew; Donahue, Darcy; Mother Anne

By Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew; Donahue, Darcy; Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew

Ana de San Bartolomé (1549–1626), a modern and shut affiliate of St. Teresa of Ávila, typifies the curious mix of spiritual activism and non secular forcefulness that characterised the 1st iteration of Discalced, or reformed Carmelites. identified for his or her austerity and ethics, their convents quick unfold all through Spain and, below Ana’s information, additionally to France and the Low international locations. always embroiled in disputes along with her male superiors, Ana quick turned the main vocal and visual of those mystical girls and the main fearless of the guardians of the Carmelite structure, particularly after Teresa’s death.

Her autobiography, sincerely inseparable from her non secular vocation, expresses the tensions and conflicts that frequently followed the lives of girls whose courting to the divine endowed them with an expert at odds with the transitority powers of church and nation. final translated into English in 1916, Ana’s writings provide smooth readers interesting insights into the character of monastic existence through the hugely charged non secular and political weather of late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century Spain.

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She was beatified in 1917. A NA D E S A N BA RT OLOMÉ’ S W RI TTE N V O I C E Ana de San Bartolomé wrote copiously, and not all of her writings have been found. ”31 Although she occasionally wrote because she was ordered to do so by superiors, Ana may have enjoyed putting pen to paper, and never mentions any reticence about it. Given the many hours of solitary activities in the Discalced routine, it is quite possible that she perceived writing as her real voice, through which she could express experiences and sentiments otherwise silenced.

5. He convincingly argues that these visions of Teresa were useful to Ana in supporting her own vision of the Discalced Rule. 18. Weber, “Partial Feminism,” 74. 9 10 Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n and rule as written by Teresa. Despite her peasant origins and lack of education, Ana’s voice became one of the most widely heard among the Discalced women. However, Ana’s interpretation of the Teresian legacy was highly subjective, based at times on nothing more than her recollection of conversations with Teresa in life and also in her postmortem appearances.

30 By the time she died of apoplexy at the age of seventy-seven, Ana de San Bartolomé had achieved great renown throughout her order and beyond. She was widely recognized as one of the most legitimate successors of Teresa of Avila, and many revered her merely for her closeness to the saint. Ana certainly continued the tradition of mystical contemplation and religious activism that had marked her mentor’s career. Although her vision of governance and her concept of obedience did not follow Teresa’s as closely as she may have believed, she was nevertheless extremely influential in extending the Discalced Order throughout Spain and Europe.

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