Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America Paperback

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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

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One day in 1917, while cooking dinner at home in Manhattan, Margaret Reilly (1884-1937) felt a sharp pain over her heart and claimed to see a crucifix emerging in blood on her skin. Four years later, Reilly entered the convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Peekskill, New York, where, known as Sister Mary of the Crown of Thorns, she spent most of her life gravely ill and possibly exhibiting Christ's wounds. In this portrait of Sister Thorn, Paula M. Kane scrutinizes the responses to this American stigmatic's experiences and illustrates the surprising presence of mystical phenomena in twentieth-century American Catholicism. Drawing on accounts by clerical authorities, ordinary Catholics, doctors, and journalists - as well as on medicine, anthropology, and gender studies - Kane explores American Catholic mysticism, setting it in the context of life after World War I and showing the war's impact on American Christianity. Sister Thorn's life, she reveals, marks the beginning of a transition among Catholics from a devotional, Old World piety to a newly confident role in American society.

Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America by Paula M. Kane was published by The University of North Carolina Press in August 2015. The ISBN for Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America is 9781469626581.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (August 2015)
Weight525g
Number of Pages328
Thickness23 mm
Height235 mm
Width155 mm
ISBN9781469626581
ISBN-101469626586
Product Code4340008
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