Teresa of Avila refused to accept the teaching that guided people away from Christ’s humanity as they reached the upper echelons of the spiritual life. Christ’s humanity was never to be left behind. And Christ’s body made all human bodies sacred.
She wrote: To be always withdrawn from corporeal things and enkindled in love is the trait of angelic spirits, not of those who live in mortal bodies. It’s necessary that we speak to, think about, and become the companions of those who, having had a mortal body, accomplished such great feats for God. How much more is it necessary not to withdraw through one’s own efforts from all our good and help, which is the most sacred humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—from Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity
by Elizabeth Dreyer