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Margaret of Oingt was one of the many women living during the Middle Ages who turned to mysticism to become closer to God Mysticism unlike scholasticism takes a direct approach to God using sensory perception not reason For this purpose it allowed women to identify with God on a very personal and spiritual level This is significant to Margarets rationalism for writing her visions in a time when women had such a trivial amount of power in the intellectual community she did not write her visions for others to learn from but rather as a personal form of worship to God In her compositions Margaret describes herself as having almost no importance or authority in matters of the church and this is why her work was graciously accepted as valuable in her time Because she disclaimed possession to any understanding of reason the church believed that her writing was given to her directly by God through prophetic visions This was the only way that she could have any authority to record her thoughts because in her time women were seen to have no understanding of reason and were therefore incapable of understanding knowledge Although she was a prioress of a Carthusian convent she still had to adhere to the regulations that women could not practice scholasticism Margaret denied that she might understand reason and by virtue of this she was free to worship God through her writings The imagery and language in Margarets meditations prayers and letters captures the essence of her love and passionate devotion to Christ and they also act as a window to the understanding of this popular form of piety in her time The intimate level upon which Margaret identifies with God is strikingly clear in the many ways she addresses Him in her meditations As a nun Margaret renounces her earthly family and vows a symbolic marriage to Christ In a sense Christ becomes her lover as well
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