The Spiritual Diaries of Dona Maria Vela Y Cueto: Vida and Actos Para Actuar El Amor v. 2

The Spiritual Diaries of Dona Maria Vela Y Cueto: Vida and Actos Para Actuar El Amor v. 2

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Dr. Margaret A. Rees reproduces two Spanish works by Dona Maria Vela y Cueto as follow-up to her earlier monograph, "Dona Maria Vela y Cueto, Cistercian Mystic of Spain's Golden Age" (Edwin Mellen Press, 2004), in which she examined the life and spirituality of an intriguing, yet obscure Cistercian nun living in the Spanish Golden Age. The first volume of this work presents Dona Maria's "Libro de las Mercedes", a spiritual diary recording her own mystical experiences in the wake of the reforms of St. Teresa d'Avila and St. John of the Cross. The second volume is an autobiographical work composed in obedience to her spiritual director, Vida, which reflects the nun's struggling and striving to stretch the boundaries of convent life as she pursued sainthood.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 19.05mm | 408.23g
  • Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0773455000
  • 9780773455009

Table of contents

Prefeace by Eric A. Southworth; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; The Monasterio Cisterciense de Santa Ana; 'Tan cansada de padres...'. Maria's spiritual advisors; Convent Routine; Fasting and Food; The End of Life and the Process of Beatification; Note on the Present Edition; Vida; Actos Para Actuar El Amor; Select Bibliography.
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About Margaret A. Rees

Margaret A. Rees is a member of the Graduate Seminar in Spanish Studies organized by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages of Oxford University.
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Review quote

"Dr. Rees's prefaces to both Mercedes and Vida are written in a lively scholarly style. They draw on a wide range of references to other mystical texts and traditional and modern approaches to mysticism, thus making Maria Vela's texts relevant to readers of different ages and backgrounds..." - Dr. Elena Carrera, Oxford Brookes University"
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