More about the pic of the week – The Ecstacy of Saint Teresa

 

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Felicien Rops

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Felicien Rops

This image is about the supposedly intimate attachment Saints have to god. I think in psychoanalysis, sexual ecstasy is linked to religious ecstasy as a replacement to each other.

 

This quote is from Saint Teresa’s description of her religious ecstasy:

“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it”.

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