By Maria de San Jose Salazar
Mar?a de San Jos? Salazar (1548-1603) took the veil as a Discalced ("barefoot") Carmelite nun in 1571, changing into one in all Teresa of Avila's most crucial collaborators in non secular reform and serving as prioress of the Seville and Lisbon convents. in the parameters of the stern Catholic Reformation in Spain, Mar?a fiercely defended women's rights to outline their very own religious adventure and to coach, encourage, and lead different ladies in reforming their church. Mar?a wrote this publication as a safety of the Discalced perform of environment apart hours on a daily basis for dialog, tune, and staging of non secular performs. Casting the ebook within the kind of a discussion, Mar?a demonstrates via fictional conversations between a bunch of nuns in the course of their hours of sport how ladies may possibly function very potent religious lecturers for every different. The booklet comprises one of many first biographical pictures of Teresa and Maria's own account of the founding of the Discalced convent at Seville, in addition to her tribulations as an Inquisitional suspect. wealthy in allusions to women's affective relationships within the early smooth convent, booklet for the Hour of activity additionally serves for example of the way a girl may well write while fairly freed from clerical censorship and expectations.A targeted creation and notes through Alison Weber offer old and biographical context for Amanda Powell's fluid translation.
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19 Discalced Spirituality The spirituality that motivated the reformers was the result of the conﬂuence of diverse currents of religiosity, some with roots in the Middle Ages and others that emerged during the ferment of the Catholic prereform and 18. Constitutions, in The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodríguez, 3 vols. : Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1976–85), 3:327–28. 19. Stacey Schlau has edited a bilingual edition of works by another Discalced Carmelite nun, including two such dramatic pieces: Viva al siglo, muerta al mundo: Selected Works/Obras Escogidas de/ by María de San Alberto (1568 –1640) (New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1998).
María thus humorously subverts the restrictions of the autobiography by mandate, according to which the confessor commands, deﬁnes, and ultimately judges the life writing of his penitential daughter. Instead, her ﬁctional persona transforms the mandate and takes advantage of the informal, collective nature of her redeﬁned task to range freely on issues of vital concern to her monastic community. By transgressing the boundaries of the traditional “nun’s genre” and inventing a multigeneric, dialogic text, María multiplies her addressees as well as the uses of the text: she offers it—to her sisters and her sympathetic confessor— as entertainment, as ediﬁcation, and as inspiration.
In the ﬁrst place, Gracia’s apprehension is humorous, since the “mandating” confessor, “Elias,” is none other than their congenial prelate and cofounder, Jerómino de Gracián. ” Nor do they feel compelled to stick to their principal subject. In fact, as one nun remarks, they will create an olla podrida, or hodgepodge stew, made up of humble ingredients. María thus humorously subverts the restrictions of the autobiography by mandate, according to which the confessor commands, deﬁnes, and ultimately judges the life writing of his penitential daughter.