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