The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 124
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124 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
In a foot-note Dr. Shea adds: "The Ven. Maria de Agreda,
daughter of Francis Coronel and Catherine de Arana, was born at
Agreda, April 2, 1602, and after a childhood of great piety and
reserve, at the age of sixteen took the veil in the Order of Poor
Cares with her mother and sister, their house becoming a convent,
her father with her two brothers making their profession in the
Convent of San Antonio the same day. Her austerities were extra-
ordinary, but they were supported by a solid and constant piety
and virtue. Having become abbess at the age of twenty-five, she
erected a new convent near the city, which is still standing.
Through life she petitioned the Holy See to define clearly two
points made de fide in our time-the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin and the Infallibility of the Sovereign Pontiff. She
died on Whitsunday, 1665, and the process of her canonization,
begun soon after her death, has been revived in our day." *
Her Mistica Ciudad de Dios (The Mystic City of God) was con-
demned by the Sorbonne, and for some time the Holy See "per-
mitted its circulation only in Spain and Portugal." t "The discus-
sions as to her revelations became quite a controversy, and occupy
several volumes, but no final decision was ever made in their
favor." $ "During her life she underwent a rigorous examination
before the Inquisition, of which her long and clear answers are
preserved. * * * Her correspondence with Philip IV. ("Cartas
de la Ven. M. Sor Maria de Agreda y del Seiior Rey Don Felipe IV.,
Madrid, 1885) show a clear political judgment, a firmness and de-
cision, that the king and his counselors seemed to lack."
As the History of the Conversion of the Xumanas will form the
subject of a later article, these few notes may suffice to correct the
misapprehension in Mr. Kenney's valuable paper.
* SHEA, HIist. Oath. Ch. in Col. Days. p. 198. Note 1.
$SHEA, Hist. Catch. Miss. Among the Indian Tribes in the U. S. p. 81.
SI-EA, Hist. OCat. Ch. in Col. Days. p. 198. Note 1.
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