"Santificar" os leigos através dos textos em Portugal (séculos XVI-XVIII)


  • Paula Almeida Mendes


Against the background of the “sanctification” of the laity in
Portugal, throughout the Modern Age, but also seeking to articulate this dimension
with other scenarios present in territories of Catholic origin, this article seeks to
draw attention to the molds in which, in hagiography and sacred biography, the
authors invest in the construction of a model portrait, guided by the exercise
of heroic virtues - above all charity and love for the poor - and by the fervor of
spiritual and devout practices, and in which, in most cases , the dimension around
miracles - which had marked the writing of texts of that nature, since its primitive
times - is marked by its absence.