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John Of The Cross, The Difficult Icon

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John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila have represented many things. Features of Teresa's life are seen to validate current Western concerns about women. Her name identifies a group, the Discalced, or Teresian, Carmelites. Her life reflects the values of her order to its members. In light of traditional understanding that monasticism is a life dedicated to yearning for God, and in light of John's campaign to encourage Carmelite contemplatives to release themselves into God's hands, a fourth area of the friar's treatises may well be worth habitual attention. The ways in which John's writing suggests release toward God that occurs not as a textual gesture, but as an activity beyond text. John's written words were something more like the outside edge of the icon, orienting gaze, but disappearing from notice. In the end, the Holy Spirit completes the portrait of Christ painted in the soul of the contemplative.

Keywords: Christ; Holy Spirit; icon; John of the Cross; soul; Teresa of Avila



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