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Cecilia Del Nacimiento, Second-Generation Mystic Of The Carmelite Reform

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Recent scholarship explores the spiritual and mystical writings of many Hispanic women in and out of convent communities in early modern Spain and its colonies in the Americas. Cecilia del Nacimiento stands out from these many women who produced spiritual and mystical texts. An accomplished poet and prose writer, her work demonstrates that the legacy of both Discalced Carmelite founders, Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz, flourished in the vibrant spiritual and intellectual convent culture of the second generation of Discalced Carmelite women. in Primera relación de mercedes and Segunda relación de mercedes Cecilia directly describes her own personal spiritual and mystical experiences. In Primera relación she remarks that her time would be better spent alone with God and in silence than in writing. Also points out that the best experiences will not be expressed because it is impossible to do so.

Keywords: Cecilia; Cecilia del Nacimiento; Discalced Carmelite women; Primera relación de mercedes; second generation; Spain



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