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Continuous prayer in Catherine of Siena

Diana L. Villegas

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 73, No 3 (2017), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4611

Submitted: 26 April 2017
Published:  14 August 2017

Abstract

Catherine of Siena offers considerable wisdom regarding continuous prayer. However, this wisdom in not well known because it is scattered among her texts, including over 373 letters, and is expressed in images and metaphors, the product of oral communication by a 14th-century woman with no formal education. Through a literary analysis of original texts, I will show the interconnection among the meanings of her symbolic communications, offering a narrative about continuous prayer. I will explore the meaning of inner cell and time spent in this cell for knowledge of self and God. I will show how this dual knowledge results in transformation of the deepest motivation at the core of the person. Living consciously and for God’s kingdom out of this transformed core of the self constitutes continuous prayer.

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Diana L. Villegas, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, South Africa

Keywords

Catherine of Siena; prayer; transformation; presence of God; continuous prayer

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