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    Being in the convent for her was still difficult to pray so she wanted to move away. When her convent found out about her plans, she was denounced from the pulpit and was told she focus on raising money for the current convent she’s in. The town quickly became against her just because she wanted to live a life of simple prayer, but Teresa went ahead and did what she wanted and put her faith in God. At the age of 51 St. Theresa put aside everything in her life and devoted all of her time traveling throughout Spain teaching in convents. However people in religious orders would often try to stop her teachings. Throughout her life she has also written many books, The Interior Castle, The Life of Teresa of Jesus, and The Way of Perfection. St. Teresa of Avila died at the age of 67, on October 4th due to poor health. St. Teresa was canonized in 1662 and her feast day is October…

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    Nuns In The Middle Ages

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    The nuns where women of religion during the Middle Ages. Nuns lived in places called convents, where they would fulfill their daily duties. Many nuns lived in the convents, which included a church, praying rooms, and dormitories. They would wear black veils, stockings and shoes, almost identical except to what modern day nuns attire is, the formal name of this wear is a habit worn with a leather belt. Sometimes you would find nuns wearing more elaborate attire with colors and patters. They had…

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    Demonstrate Moral Lessons

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    When it was my turn to speak with her I asked for a baby since my mom had just recently lost the twins. She looked over at me and did the sign of the cross. We went into the church at the convent and she sat between my mom and me. At one point she took my hand and said “Always remember this, Jesus said: when you help the poor, you do this for me” She took my hand at the last 5 words and touched each of my fingers and repeated “you do this for me.” Back then I did not realize the magnitude of…

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    Plot The year is 1453, Luca Vero is a 17 year old man, who joined the church at the age of 4. At 17 he was accused of heresy for questioning the way things were. He is then brought to a special church to be told that he would be the next inquirer. He was to search in the pursuit of knowledge, but was also assigned to look for mythical things, and find myths come to life. Isolde, a 17 year old girl, was a princess, her father had always treated her in the ways of a man, as an equal. When her…

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    In Margaret Cavendish’s play The Convent of Pleasure during act three, another play performs for the Princess and Lady Happy, as well as the rest of the convent. The performance obviously is aware of the spectatorship, since the only people who will watch the play performed, and the only people who will perform in the play, are women. Understandably, this play would be completely different if the performance’s direction were at men, since a considerable amount of the portrayals of men would most…

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    people rarely have the same interpretations of the same object; one person can take great joy from an object while someone can feel little to nothing at all about the same object. The same can be said about the characters of the “The Gift” by Rosario Ferré. There are two characters that couldn’t be more different in their view of the convent in which they reside. The one character is Carlotta Rodriguez, a free-spirited teenager who cares little for the convents spiritual practice and went to…

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    of Cuzco serve them at times. Some rich and secular widows would further make more donations to the convent’s power base such as the case of Catalina Diaz, who donated 42,000 pesos to Santa Clara so that the convent could open a chantry.12 There was also the case of Dona Beatriz de Villegas who donated 34,000 pesos to the nuns of Santa Clara for them to build a new convent.13 This move would then disrupt the burial place of the Costilla family, who was close to the convent.13 Despite the…

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    Colonial Habits

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    Kathryn Burns Colonial Habits talks about the roles played by three convents, the Santa Clara, the Santa Catalina and the Carmelite Santa Teresa as they helped with the economic and social life of Cuzco from the mid-sixteenth century through to the nineteenth century. Burns’ sources were primarily from the convents' own archives and she talks about how the ties between the convents and local elite families allowed the nuns to play an important role in Cuzco’s economic development. The convents…

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    A close reading on Sidney Sheldon’s “The Sands of Time” The book of Sidney Sheldon entitled Sands of time is about the lives of 4 nuns from a convent in Spain. At the beginning, a few of the dictator of Spain’s followers were burning the church as well as the convent where the 4 nuns were residing in. The men had killed the priests, raped the nuns as well as steal anything valuable within the house of God. The story revolves around the lives of the 4 nuns who managed to escape just in time. It…

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    Kathryn Burn’s book, Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru, provides an indepth look at colonial society throughout three centuries through the inner workings of a convent. The author is able to skillfully guide the reader through an analysis of the colonization of Cuzco, the most important Andean city in Southern Peru, from the insides of a convent of cloistered women. In the colonization of the Americas the nuns were in no way isolated from the outside world. In…

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