Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paula M. Kane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607603

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607610_Kane

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 25 September 2021

{} Find Sweet Music Everywhere

{} Find Sweet Music Everywhere

Modern Catholic Supernaturalism

(p.245) {7} Find Sweet Music Everywhere
Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula M. Kane

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how Sister Thorn's prolonged illness and death represented this cult of suffering to its fullest degree and honored the special sensitivity of women's bodies to divine contact. In the details of her demise, Margaret's supporters sought confirmation of her chosen status and of the spiritual meaningfulness of her pain. Even more than her model death, Sister Thorn's claim to be a stigmatic-visionary was being prepared to furnish a grander narrative—namely, Catholic attempts to enhance a relatively thin dossier history of mystical phenomena in the United States. By the 1930s, American Catholics had no national shrines nor any heritage of national pilgrimages such as the one that had evolved at Lourdes in France.

Keywords:   Sister Thorn, cult of suffering, Lourdes, divine contact, spiritual meaningfulness, pilgrimage, stigmatic-visionary

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .