Medieval Voices, Modern Mystic: The Continuing Tradition of Female Mystical Writing in the 20th Century Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

By Kenneth DiMaggio.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Canonized in 2001, St. Faustina is also noted for a significant literary work in her diary, which is the foundation for a movement known as Divine Mercy. Throughout her diary, this Polish nun (who died on the eve of the Second World War) had many visions of Jesus which she recorded. On another level, St. Faustina's visions reflect earlier medieval female visionary writings in women such as Julian of Norwich, Margery of Kemp, and St. Catherine of Sienna. In this sense, St. Faustina's diary is a continuation of the medieval tradition of female visionary writing, which this paper will explore.

Keywords: St. Faustina, Julian of Norwich, Medieval Female Mystical Writings, Divine Mercy, Diary of St. Faustina

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.87-95. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 323.353KB)).

Kenneth DiMaggio

Professor of Humanities, Humanities, Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA