By Mary E. Giles
The background of women's spirituality and Christian mysticism demonstrates that girls were influential spiritual leaders even with no advantage of priestly ordination and theological education. St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa of Avila are examples of ladies with visionary presents of large energy. A much less famous Spanish visionary is Sor Maria of Santo Domingo, a Dominican tertiary of peasant lineage who grew to become so well-known for her raptures, austerities, and prophecies that the king, a cardinal, and nobles thought of her a dwelling saint.
In 1948 examine within the records of the college of Zaragoza exposed The e-book of Prayer of Sor Maria of Santo Domingo (originally released round 1518) which had long past neglected for hundreds of years. The textual content comprises a few of Sor Maria's ecstatic utterances and representations, and is a first-hand examine a ladies who in lots of methods is as consultant of the early years of 16th century Spain as St. Teresa used to be of the later years. Giles' booklet presents the 1st English translation of this article in addition to a research of Sor Maria and the problems that driven her into the limelight.