This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Mysticism

Relic with dried heart of Teresa of Avila. To venerate the relics of the saints is allowed in the Catholic faith.

Nuns kissing relic with bones of Teresa’s hand. Dictator Francisco Franco had relic of hand until his death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are other stories, e.g. Magdalena of the Cross (1487–1560), a mystic of outstanding piety & much prestige across Spain, who experienced same ‘spiritual ecstasies’, visions, levitation, stigmata, etc., but before dying confessed (30 years after becoming a nun), that she had made a pact with the devil! But nobody knew or noticed any difference for so many years, because her manifestations were exactly the same as the rest of the Catholic mystics.

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