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” I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.”


(St. Teresa of Avila, Autobiography, XXIX, 13)

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  1. Ivana
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    È un’opera di rara bellezza,
    l’estasi appunto, appare a filosofi e studiosi come la massima espressione di avviicinamento a Dio, una totale comunione velata da una ambigua estasi mistica.
    Straordinario tutto ciò. Un francese dell’Ottocento storico, scrittore e filosofo scrive: Je connais bien des fammes qui l’ont éprouvée. In 2 righe la sintesi perfetta, come solo un francese può fare. Il popolo della libertà.

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