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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America$
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Paula M. Kane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607603

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607610_Kane

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The Lure of Convent Life

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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula M. Kane

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Margaret Guditus, Margaret Reilly's grandniece, who recalled her visits to her aunt at Peekskill in a poem titled “Mount St. Florence.” The poet, who died on Long Island in 1996, captured a sense of freedom and girlish playfulness that is not commonly associated with convent life of her great aunt's era. One wonders how the two women managed to eat secret dinners in Sister Margaret's room, or if they really did dine on fruit from the convent's orchards and eggs still warm from the henhouse. Did the niece ever witness her great aunt's stigmata, or had the bleeding episodes long ceased, surviving only in family and convent legends?

Keywords:   Margaret Guditus, Margaret Reilly, Peekskill, Mount St. Florence, convent life

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