transverberation love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of transverberating, or of being transverberated or pierced through.


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  • In many cases, as for instance in the celebrated “transverberation” of St Teresa, this image probably describes one of those psycho-physical parallelisms — not uncommon in the records of high religious experience — in which actual bodily pangs accompany the spiritual crisis.

    The Adornment of the Spritual Marriage

  • To this period belong also such extraordinary manifestations as the piercing or transverberation of her heart, the spiritual espousals, and the mystical marriage.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • In the Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Bernini, the master of all materials, shaped stone, wood, gold, and even light in such a way as to convince viewers that they were witnessing the moment of Saint Teresa’s ‘transverberation’ with God.

    2007 October 18 archive at

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