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Exercising Imagination: The Meditationes vitae Christi and Stimulus amoris

Exercising Imagination: The Meditationes vitae Christi and Stimulus amoris

Chapter:
(p.141) Four Exercising Imagination: The Meditationes vitae Christi and Stimulus amoris
Source:
Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages
Author(s):
Michelle Karnes
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226425337.003.0005

This chapter describes the post-Bonaventuran meditations, especially the Meditationes vitae Christi and the Stimulus amoris. It argues that they make imagination into a trainable tool with the fact that such meditations build upon the power of imagination that Bonaventure had given them. As the meditations' readers and hearers deliberately attach themselves to Christ through meditation, they become capable of sharing, eventually, his journey to heaven, finding in such meditation a path toward salvation. Suffering with Christ through meditation on his life and passion, the meditant could satisfy her obligation to travel to heavenly glory through the cross. Properly used, then, imagination promised substantial spiritual rewards, and for that reason it merited careful cultivation. Thus, these meditations view imagination as a faculty to be trained, one whose value was well-attested and whose power needed to be harnessed.

Keywords:   post-Bonaventuran meditations, Meditationes vitae Christi, Stimulus amoris, Christ, heaven, meditant, salvation

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