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The mystical writings of Madeleine de Saint-Joseph du Bois de Fontaines (1578-1637)

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dc.contributor.advisor Kourie, C. E. T. en Evans, Jean Neva en 2009-08-25T10:46:22Z 2009-08-25T10:46:22Z 2002-01 2002-01-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Evans, Jean Neva (2002) The mystical writings of Madeleine de Saint-Joseph du Bois de Fontaines (1578-1637), University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Madeleine duBois de Fontaines (1578-1637) was the first French prioress of the Teresian Carmelites in France. During a period of over thirty years as a Carmelite nun, Mere Madeleine de Saint-Joseph served as mistress of novices and was elected prioress for two tenns in the Carmel of the Incarnation, faubourg St. Jacques in Paris. She established and was elected prioress of a second Parisian Cannel nt the rue Chapon; and helped to establish and stabilise the Carmels in Lyon and Tours. Madeleine de Saint-Joseph's contribution to the development ofCannclitc life and French spirituality was a significant one due to many factors. Among these were: her leadership of the Carmelite community in Paris; her association with Pierre de Berulle; her influence on the members of the French aristocracy; and her deftness at spiritual direction. Within the corpus of her writings, there is significant evidence of what may be called theistic mystical experience. An analysis of the writings of Madeleine de Saint-Joseph also indicates mystical practice and doctrine that Mere Madeleine developed during the course of her lite. The present study introduces the study and presents a survey of relevant literature written by or about Madeleine de Saint-Joseph. Secondly, it explores the notions of mystical consciousness, knowledge, experience, offers a working definition of mysticism, relating these to Lonergan's cognition theory and work on religious experience, and to the feminist critique of philosophy of religion. Thirdly, the study contextualises the life and work of Madeleine du Bois de Fontaincs within sixteenth and seventeenth century french civil and ecclesiastical society. Fourthly, it determines by theological, phenomenological, and philosophical analysis that Mere Madeleine de Saint-Joseph is a true mystic; and finally, it presents the mystical doctrine and teachings of Madeleine de Saint-Joseph within a theological context. Thereby, it is hoped that this study recognises the valuable contribution to mystical literature of this relatively unknown and unreCQgnised woman. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 237 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Adoration
dc.subject Bcrullc Carmelites
dc.subject Cerc/e Acarie
dc.subject Feminism
dc.subject France
dc.subject Lonergan
dc.subject Madeleine de Saint-Joseph
dc.subject Mysticism
dc.subject Phenomenology
dc.subject.ddc 255.971092
dc.subject.lcsh DuBois de Fontaines, Madeleine de Saint-Joseph -- 1578-1637
dc.subject.lcsh Carmelite Nuns -- France -- Biography
dc.subject.lcsh Carmelites -- France
dc.subject.lcsh Mysticism -- France
dc.title The mystical writings of Madeleine de Saint-Joseph du Bois de Fontaines (1578-1637) en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology D.Th. (Christian Spirituality) en

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