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Via Spiritus : Revista de História da Espiritualidade e do Sentimento Religioso
Maria Isabel Barbeito Carneiro
AbstractThe lives of the women studied in this article clearly show that a cultural background is not always the only source for erudition, but, in some cases, this may result from a mystical experience. In spite the fact that they were all illiterate, their unconditional ascesis led to a persistent desire to reach the unity with God, thus giving them the knowledge to become masters in doctrine. Ângela de Foligno, Catalina de Siena, Juana de la Cruz, Teresa de Jesús, Maria de la Antigua, Mariana de San José and Maria de Jesús are examples of women whose levels of erudition corroborate the proposition presented in this study, and at the same time are a testimony of the Virgin Mary's ministry, the first illiterate erudite.
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