The ecstacy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Pen on paper.
Saint Mary of the Victory
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Extract from the journals of Saint Teresa of Avila, describing one of her mystical visions: “I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the 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...”