St Theresa of Avila “Each degree of grace leads her soul further into the heart of pure love. Soul, psyche, and spirit enjoy the fruits of intimacy: Her “I” now becomes the “I” of Christ living in her. The movement is at once inward and upward, linear and circular. God’s agenda for grace unfolds not by force but by tender accommodation to the true self that she is and was meant to be.” We are reminded of Paul’s words, “No longer I but Christ who lives within me.” (Gal. 2:20)
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, with the Defeated Emperor (c.1482). Probably the left wing of a triptych. Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy (Netherlandish, active Bruges, active c.1470-c.1500). Oil on panel. Philadelphia Museum of Art.