9789042908451

Light Shining Through a Veil : On Saint Clare's Letters to Saint Agnes of Prague

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    9789042908451

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    9042908459

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Isd
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Summary

The spirituality of Saint Clare of Assisi, the soul mate of Saint Francis, is the object of this book.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1(4)
Introduction 5(6)
Her Person and Way of Writing
11(26)
Life story
11(10)
Her surroundings
12(1)
Meeting Francis
13(1)
The start of the Order of San Damiano
14(1)
The way of life: the Gospel
15(1)
Life in San Damiano
16(2)
Mission in the Church
18(1)
Which way of life?
19(2)
Her way of writing and our way of reading
21(10)
A distant voice
21(3)
The form of her texts
24(1)
A needle woman
25(2)
Meditating
27(4)
The use of metaphors
31(6)
Same and different
32(1)
Four primal metaphors
33(4)
The First Letter: The ``Commerce''
37(38)
Text of the Letter
37(6)
The background
43(2)
Structure of the Letter
45(1)
The metaphor of Commerce
46(2)
Comment
48(1)
Address: greeting and blessing (vss 1-2)
48(2)
The body of the text (vss 3-34)
50(16)
Agnes' choice: (vss 3-11)
50(1)
Joy for Agnes' choice (vss 3-4)
50(1)
Agnes' choice (vss 5-7)
51(2)
The fruit of the choice (vss 8-11)
53(4)
The middle section: bride, mother and sister (vss 12-24)
57(1)
Exhortation to loyalty to the Crucified One (vss 12-14)
57(5)
Praise of Poverty (vss 15-18)
62(2)
God's loyalty in the incarnation (vss 19-24)
64(2)
Sister, bride and mother
66(7)
Clare's affirmation of Agnes's choice (vss 25-34)
67(1)
The struggle for ``what-cannot'' and for ``what-can'' (vss 25-29)
68(3)
The praise of the Commerce (vs 30)
71(1)
Promise and request for prayers (vss 31-34)
72(1)
Closing section: (vs 35)
73(1)
Retrospective
73(2)
Symbolism of Kinship-Relationships with Christ
75(20)
Resistance
75(2)
Some distinctions
77(1)
Biblical tradition
78(2)
Ecclesiastical tradition
80(1)
Clare and Francis
81(7)
Differences
84(1)
Bride, sister and mother
85(1)
Motherhood for men
86(2)
The relationships with Jesus Christ
88(1)
Relativising the sexual dimension
89(6)
Incompatible relationships?
90(2)
A unique and enlarging relationship
92(1)
What the heart thinks
93(2)
The Second Letter: The Way
95(44)
Text of the Letter
95(4)
The background
99(1)
Probable date of the Letter
100(1)
Structure of the Letter
101(1)
Metaphor of the way
102(4)
The way
103(2)
The symbolism of the number five
105(1)
Comment
106(1)
Address: greeting and blessing (vss 1-2)
106(3)
The body of the text: the way (vss 3-23)
109(28)
Giving thanks (vss 3-9)
110(1)
Thanks for the good gifts (vs 3a)
110(1)
Virtues and signs of perfection (vs 3b)
111(1)
Imitator of the Father (vs 4)
112(1)
Union in the bridal chamber (vs 5)
113(2)
In Jesus' footsteps (vss 6-7)
115(2)
Adorned with many virtues (vss 8-9)
117(1)
Exhortation (vss 10-14)
117(1)
The one thing necessary (vss 10-11)
118(3)
Look to the beginning (vs 11)
121(1)
Tread the path (vs 12-13)
122(2)
Believing nothing (vs 14)
124(1)
Advice (vss 15-18)
125(1)
Brother Elias
126(1)
Which advice?
127(1)
Second exhortation: (vss 19-23)
128(1)
See Christ and follow Him (vs 19)
129(2)
Fivefold suffering of the Bridegroom (vs 20a-20b)
131(2)
Gaze, consider, contemplate (vs 20c)
133(1)
United with Christ (vss 21-23)
134(1)
Promise: mansion and name (vss 21b-22)
135(2)
The twofold commerce (vs 23)
137(1)
Closing section (vss 24-26)
137(1)
Retrospection
138(1)
The Third Letter: Not Beneath Dignity
139(26)
Text of the Letter
139(6)
The background
145(2)
Structure of the Letter
147(3)
Not the least
150(2)
Rhetorical question and personal titles
150(1)
Bitterness and darkness
151(1)
Pride and vanity
152(3)
The Book Ecclesiastes on vanity
153(2)
How does Clare deal with Agnes' negative frame of mind?
155(5)
And yet
156(1)
Between nihilism and cosmic fervour
157(3)
Paul's words about the sublimity and intimacy of God
160(3)
The marrow of the Letter
161(2)
Asceticism and mysticism: form and contents
163(2)
The Third Letter Once More: Indwelling
165(46)
Comment
165(1)
Address: greeting and blessing (vss 1-2)
165(45)
The mystical section of the main text (3-28)
168(1)
Survey
168(1)
Joy because of Agnes (vss 3-9)
169(1)
Acknowledgement of Agnes' growth (vss 3-4)
169(2)
Hidden treasure (vss 5-9)
171(6)
The middle part: encouragement (vs 10-19)
177(1)
The titles (vs 10-11)
177(2)
Encouragement to contemplation (vss 12-13)
179(3)
Hidden sweetness (vs 14)
182(1)
Blinding light (vs 15)
183(2)
God's greatness in the Incarnation (vs 16-17)
185(2)
Symbolism of sun and moon in the christian tradition
187(2)
In Christ
189(2)
Human dignity (vss 20-28)
191(1)
Reduce to nothing (vs 20)
191(2)
The faithful soul (vss 21-22)
193(2)
Indwelling (vs 23)
195(2)
The virgin as one who carries Christ (vss 24-25)
197(2)
Beatitude (vs 26)
199(1)
Reduced to nothing (vss 27-28)
200(1)
The ascetic section (vss 29-41)
201(1)
Clare's answer to one of Agnes' questions
201(2)
The practice of fasting (vss 31-37)
203(3)
Admonition to behave wisely (vss 38-41)
206(4)
Closing section: greeting (vs 42)
210(1)
The Fourth Letter: The Mirror
211(48)
Text of the Letter
211(5)
The background
216(1)
The metaphor of the mirror
217(3)
Clare and the mirror
218(2)
Structure of the Letter
220(1)
Comment
221(1)
Address (vss 1-3)
221(2)
The body of the text (vss 4-38)
223(14)
Prologue: relationship between Clare and Agnes (vss 4-8)
224(2)
Middle part: the contemplation of Christ: vs 9-34
226(1)
In holy commitment (vss 9-17)
226(1)
Beatitude (vss 9-14)
226(2)
The symbolism of the numbers eight and six
228(1)
Symbolism of paradise
229(1)
Rays of the beatitude
230(1)
The Cross of San Damiano
231(1)
Admonition to look into the mirror (vss 15-17)
232(3)
Christ, the mirror (vss 18-27)
235(1)
Look at Christ into the mirror (vss 18-23)
235(1)
Call from the mirror itself (vss 24-27)
236(1)
The room of contemplation (vss 28-34)
236(1)
Surrender to the Bridegroom (vss 28-32)
236(1)
Life in contemplation (vss 15-32)
237(12)
Clare's usage of language
237(1)
A way toward contemplation
238(1)
The first phase: the ``lectio'' (vss 15-17)
239(3)
The second phase: the ``meditatio'' (vss 18-23)
242(4)
The third phase: the ``oratio'' (vss 24-27)
246(1)
The fourth phase: the ``contemplatio'' (vss 28-34)
247(2)
Reflection and its effects in the text
249(8)
Verses 14-17 related to verses 24-27: encouragement to look
251(1)
Verse 18 related to verses 28 and 29: wonder
252(1)
Verses 19-23 related to verses 30-34: in contemplation
253(1)
A monogram of Christ?
254(1)
Expression of affection (vss 33-34)
255(1)
Epilogue: relationship between Clare and Agnes (vss 35-38)
256(1)
Closing section (vss 39-40)
257(2)
Clare's Spirituality: Full of Strength and Joy
259(38)
Occasional writings
259(2)
Writings of predicament
260(1)
Four central texts
261(7)
The kernel
262(1)
The heart of the First Letter
263(1)
The heart of the Second Letter
264(1)
The heart of the Third Letter
265(2)
The heart of the Fourth Letter
267(1)
A picture of the transfer
268(2)
The metaphor of the mirror and the mirroring of the metaphors
269(1)
The heart of Clare's spirituality
270(6)
Reference to the mystery of God
271(1)
In the spirit of Scripture and Tradition
272(3)
Spirituality in deeds
275(1)
Bridal mysticism, mysticism of the cross and mysticism of the Body of Christ
276(3)
Clare next to Francis
279(4)
Different accents
279(1)
Two personalities
280(3)
Mutual enrichment
283(3)
Mirroring and reflecting
283(1)
Bearing
284(1)
Obedience
285(1)
Clare and our days
286(11)
An alien world
287(2)
Acceptance of being a creature
289(1)
Go in peace
290(4)
Finder of God
294(3)
APPENDIX I
297(8)
Bulls by Pope Gregory IX with regard to the Letters
297(8)
APPENDIX II
305(10)
About the nature of fasting
305(10)
BIBLIOGRAPHY
315(10)
Sources
315(1)
Secondary Sources
316(9)
INDICES
325
Abbreviations
315(16)
Index of Names
331(4)
Analytical Index
335

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