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Mary, the Hidden Catalyst: Reflections from an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome

Margo J. Heydt and Sarah J. Melcher

in Jesuit and Feminist Education

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241743 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233311.003.0003
Mary, the Hidden Catalyst: Reflections from an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome

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This chapter shares the authors' fascination with Mary's formative influence on Ignatius, which arose during a pilgrimage on which they visited important spiritual sites in Spain and Rome. European images of Mary differ dramatically from her conventional iconic depiction, often portraying increased agency through eye contact or positioning with respect to the viewer or other figures in the work of art. They contend that viewing these lesser-known representations of Mary and uncovering her role as a “hidden catalyst” in Ignatius's spiritual life allow us to appreciate more fully the need for more gender-balanced discussions both in scholarship and in the classroom.

Keywords: Mary; Ignatius; pilgrimage; spiritual life

Chapter.  5500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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