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Title: Le sens du renoncement...
Subtitle: Quand Edith Stein commente Jean de la Croix
Author(s): VAN DEN DRIESSCHE, Thibault
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 82    Issue: 4   Date: December 2006   
Pages: 317-332
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.82.4.2018917

Abstract :
In 1941, Edith Stein undertook to write a commentary on the work of John of the Cross. Entitled The Science of the Cross, this work shows particularly that, according to the Mystical Doctor, union with God requires to pass through renunciation. What is the reason for this renunciation? Conjointly, what role does the body play in the mystical experience, given that «mystical» purification seems to overlook the «bodily» dimension of the person so that the experience remains purely «spiritual»? We propose the following lines of approach in response to these two questions. For the first, it appears that the radical renunciation required by mystical experience is inscribed within the continuity of the psychic law governing the structure of human desire. As for the second, Edith Stein understands the mystical anthropology of John of the Cross in a «unifying» sense: the body is not dismissed but collaborates with the mystical experience.

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