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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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The Spiritual Meanings of Religious Life

The Spiritual Meanings of Religious Life

(p.81) Chapter Three The Spiritual Meanings of Religious Life
Brides of Christ
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the spiritual themes that permeated and guided life in the convent in colonial Mexico. It analyzes the meaning of vows, devotional practices, and the extraordinary power of the faith that sustained the nuns' piety and explains that the foundational promise of conventual life contained the initial spiritual message of the uniqueness of women dedicated entirely to religious life and the discipline of their commitment. This chapter also mentions that the vows of claustration, celibacy, obedience, and poverty were finalized at the Council of Trent.

Keywords:   convent life, colonial Mexico, vows, devotional practices, nuns, claustration, celibacy, obedience, poverty, Council of Trent

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