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Mother Juana De La Cruz: Marian Visions And Female Preaching

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In this essay, attention to the interplay between Jesus and Mary in Juana's private experiences as narrated in Vida y fin and Libro de la casa provides a lens to analyse the authority that the figures of Christ and the Virgin lend to Juana in the sermons, which were in fact public visionary presentations. One direct beneficiary of Cisneros's respect for local mystics was a regular Franciscan tertiary by the name of Juana de la Cruz, a nun and abbess of the convent of Santa María de Cubas in Castille. In addition to her manipulation of the traditional trope of claiming divine intervention for female authority, Juana adduces authority for her role as preacher based on the role the Virgin Mary played in Juana's vocation. Thus Juana is the primary witness to Christ's new full disclosure of revelation as a direct consequence of her Marian identification, not apart from it.

Keywords: female authority; Jesus; Juana de la Cruz; Marian



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