Magistra

Magistra is a magazine focusing on Religion

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Summer

British Bishops, Austrian Abbots and Benedictine Nuns: Rb 1500
The year 1500 marks a significant moment in history: a veritable page turn in world history, religious history, as well as monastic history. During the thousand years since Benedict of Nursia composed his rule, Western monasticism had grown steadily....
Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America
Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America by Margaret M. McGuiness. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 266 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-8147-9556-9.With Called to Serve, Margaret McGuinness, author of Neighbors and Missionaries: a History of the...
Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Perspectives
Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Perspectives (expanded and revised) by Avis Clendenen. Wilmette, 111.: Chiron Publications, 2012, 271 pp., $24.95, ISBN 978-1888-860258-6.It has been only three years since Avis Clendenen's Jungian approach to Hildegard...
Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters across the Color Line
Hope SingSy So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line by Christopher Pramuk. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2013. 213 pp., $19.95, ISBN 978-0-8146-8210-4.Hope Sings, So Beautiful may seem an unusual choice for a journal dedicated...
Intimate with God: Julian of Norwich
hatever else it may be, John Donne's seventeenth century poem, The Ecstasy, is an exploration of the connection between body and soul in transcendent human love whose basis is physical desire. Near the midpoint of the poem, the lovers, lying side by...
Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred
Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred by Barbara Newman. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. 415 pp., $42.00, ISBN 978-0-268-03611-9.Our modern American "mind" allegedly values objective "truth" and "logic," that delusion...
Reading Wounds: Embodied Mysticism in a Fourteenth Century Codex
Corporeal and somatic spirituality has long been associated with medieval holy women. Whether or not these women actually engaged in all of the physical practices that their biographers impute to them, or underwent the torturous feelings that their biographies...
The Disappearance of the Feast of Mary Magdalene from the Anglican Liturgy
he 1549 Book of Common Prayer included a feast of Mary Magdalene with its own collect, two scripture lessons, and introit psalm. In contrast, the book had no such feast and Mary Magdalene disappeared from the Anglican liturgy for some 400 years. One...
The Life and Miracles of Saint Margaret of Cortona
The Life and Miracles of Saint Margaret of Cortona by Fra Giunta Bevegnati, translated by Thomas Renna and Shannon Larson. St. Bonaventura, N.Y.: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2012, 344 pp., $44.95 (he) $29.95 (pb), ISBN 978-1-57659-301-1.The vita...
The Sound of the Bellows in the Book of Margery Kemp?
One of the ongoing impulses of Margery Kempe studies is to uncover the ways that her text draws from other literary and non-literary models. How much of Kempe's text is a unique expression of her own, and how much of the text shows the extraordinarily...
The Sword and the Pen. Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena
The Sword and the Pen. Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena by Konrad Eisenbichler. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. 371 pp. $32.00. ISBN 978-0-268-02776-6.The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century...
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