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Author Kane, Paula M

Title Sister Thorn and Catholic mysticism in modern America / Paula M. Kane
Published Chapel Hill, NC : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013]


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Contents Introduction : A Notorious Case of Bleeding -- Now You Are My Thorn, but Soon You Shall Be My Lily of Delight : The Transformation of Margaret Reilly -- The Monastery Is a Hospital of Spiritual Sick : The Lure of Convent Life -- Mad about Bleeding Nuns : Sister Thorn's Champions -- We Are Skeptics Together about a Great Many Things : Catholics and the Scientific Study of Stigmata -- Cor Jesu Regnabit : Devotional Culture in American Catholicism -- It Is Beautiful to Live with Saints : The Americanization of Modern Sanctity -- Find Sweet Music Everywhere : Modern Catholic Supernaturalism
Summary 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, the author 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 - the author 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, the author reveals, marks the beginning of a transition among Catholics from a devotional, Old World piety to a newly confident role in American society. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Reilly, Margaret, 1884-1937.
Reilly, Margaret, 1884-1937
Reilly, Margaret, 1884-1937
Sisters of the Good Shepherd -- Biography
Catholic Church -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Catholic Church
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Nuns -- United States -- Biography
Stigmatization -- United States -- History -- 20th century
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
RELIGION -- Institutions & Organizations.
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013015617
ISBN 9781469612560