Makus These accounts are contained in a compilation of two works, usually published under the title Il Libro della Beata Angela da Foligno. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. These texts appear memogial different orders in different manuscripts, and there is not known to be one correct order. Contact Contact Us Help.
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She was born into a wealthy family at Foligno , in Umbria. Married, perhaps at an early age, she had several children. Angela reports that she loved the world and its pleasures. Francis and recognized the emptiness of her life. Francis , probably in Works and later life[ edit ] Considered a "great medieval mystic," Angela is said to have received mystical revelations, which she dictated to a scribe in the late 13th century.
These accounts are contained in a compilation of two works, usually published under the title Il Libro della Beata Angela da Foligno. She dictated, in her Umbrian dialect, an account of her spiritual progress, known as the Memoriale, which was transcribed in Latin by a man known as "Brother A. The second text is known as Instructions and is composed of thirty-six instructional texts, a note about her death, and an epilogue. These texts appear in different orders in different manuscripts, and there is not known to be one correct order.
The text was finished by , and submitted to Cardinal James of Colonna and eight Friars Minor, who gave it their approval. It seems that Brother A. Later she established at Foligno a community of other women tertiaries, who added to the Rule of the Third Order a commitment to a common life without, however, binding themselves to enclosure , so that they might devote their lives to works of charity.
The final version of the Book appends a series of 36 Instructions to the Memorial. These teachings are rather more conventional in tone and have differences in vocabulary and emphasis from the Memorial — which may reflect redaction by several hands. Divine light causes us to begin and to make progress, and it leads us to the summit of perfection. Therefore if you want to begin and to receive this divine light, pray.
If you have begun to make progress, pray. And if you have reached the summit of perfection, and want to be super-illumined so as to remain in that state, pray. If you want faith, pray. If you want hope, pray. If you want charity, pray. If you want poverty, pray. If you want obedience, pray. If you want chastity, pray.
If you want humility, pray. If you want meekness, pray. If you want fortitude, pray. If you want any virtue, pray.
Angela of Foligno