Death, dying, and mysticism : the ecstasy of the end by Cattoi, Thomas; Moreman, Christopher M

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Yes, there are some “bad deaths” and some very angry, bitter narrators—but these are the exceptions among the texts. 36 Lucy Bregman Now, autobiographies as a genre flourish in an era when available standard cultural models of how to be an ideal human being no longer seem compelling. ”1 When new realms of experience become open to autobiographical writing, as dying and grieving did during the 1970s, this sense of personal uniqueness turned into an imperative to tell one’s own story. The explicit reason given may be to inform the world about liver transplants, or to protest the social pressure put on women to undergo breast replacement surgery postmasectomy.

When that Lady went inside to Saint Francis, who was still alive, the sight of each other gave them both the greatest consolation. e. 22 Like Thomas’s use of the Magi story, this imposition of the Magdalene onto Jacopa in turn affects the figure of Francis by emphasizing his incarnate spirituality and positioning him as a new Christ. While the above accounts stress the miraculous and biblical proportions of the story of Jacopa’s visit, Bernard de Bessa’s account differs by grounding the miraculous visit in true-to-life detail.

9. 10. 11. 12. Octavian Schmucki, The Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Investigation in Light of the Thirteenth Century Sources (St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 1991); and Chiara Frugoni, Francesco e l’invenzione delle stimmate. Una storia per parole e immagini fino a Bonaventura e Giotto (Torino: Einaudi, 1993). The development of Francis as an alter Christus in hagiography and image is succinctly presented by H. W. van Os, “St. 3 (1974): 115–132. The image was not without controversy, as some near contemporaries took Francis to be the angel of the sixth seal, an apocalyptic reference used by zealous splinter groups who were persistently condemned in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

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