Our spiritual enemy sleepeth notâ€¦
This is a live blogging of the session.
falls within English and Continental traditions of piety:
“Margery had a rich vein from which to draw as she formed her own expression of piety.â€
used orthodox forms but mixed them so the local forms were associated with others that folks were less aware of
self-construction as a voice of God
view of enemy is a key part of the study of her as social artifact â€“ her life as a social construct
Walter Hilton The Scale of Perfection identifies three adversary types
firmly placed in the contemplative tradition: Devil appears when she is in postpartum depression and unshriven
learned Christ would be with her
learned she could resist demons
falling to fleshly enticements could deter a person from being saved
willing trek into sin after living separate, became depressed
Hilton said you should pay attention to Christâ€™s body.
fear helped her to rely on Christ, fears concerning her feelings were her greatest scourge on earth
â€œbecame a true mystic through her spiritual exercises in overcoming enemiesâ€
How does she construct it? She does not construct her illness as a disease but as a demonic oppression.
Perhaps it was a psych illness, she did construct it differently.
When you point out some of the context for her beliefs, she does seem less crazy. There is a clear context that she is pulling from.
Capital C Church, something wrong with meâ€¦ spiritualâ€¦
She uses her construction of her psychological affliction as a spiritual mystic to get herself out of a bad psychological situation where she would be tied to the bed.
Manipulationâ€¦ maneuveringâ€¦ She was a brilliant woman who did take advantage of her illness to barter for her survival and independence.
She is aware of the Augustinian pattern, following her attack as a heretic, so she fits her life and describes her life in the Augustinian pattern.