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Title: Teresa of Avila and the Relationship of Humility to Insight
Author(s): SAWALL, Marina
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 109-119
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286940

Abstract :
For Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), humility might be the most important virtue, since it is consistently mentioned throughout her books and shorter writings, such as soliloquies, prayers, and poems. In this article, the author will show that humility (humildad) is both a condition and an effect of insight. At first, humility is necessary for preparing oneself to gain insight. Yet after insight has happened, a new state of humility can be identified, namely ‘satisfied humility’, encouraging and strengthening one’s position in life.

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