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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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Devotional Culture in American Catholicism

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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula M. Kane

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter regards Sister Thorn and women religious as producers and consumers of devotional and religious goods that served the intimate needs of Catholics in crisis situations and established connections between the local and the universal church. Margaret not only joined in the Sacred Heart devotion at the parish level, but she also made badges of the Sacred Heart at the convent. These were applied to health emergencies and for healing purposes but did not exist for reasons of profit. The badges did not have an uncontested existence, however. They soon met with resistance from the archdiocese because they challenged the authority of the church hierarchy (clergy) as the sole mediators of divine power. Unlike a scapular badge, which required a priest's blessing, Margaret's badges came already blessed, she said, by the Lord himself.

Keywords:   Sister Thorn, women religious, Catholics, universal church, Sacred Heart, divine power

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