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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

consent; if, on the contrary, you refuse, you will be the most miserable 

girl in the world, and all sorts of mischances will happen to you.' I 

replied: 'If there were no God I would fear those threats; I am 

consecrated to Him.' It was replied to me: 'You will not get much help 

from God; He will abandon you.' I replied: 'God is my father; He will take 

care of me; I have resolved to be faithful to Him.' He said: 'I will give 

you three days to think over it.' I rose and went to the Holy Sacrament 

with an anxious mind. Having returned to my room, and being seated on a 

chair, it was drawn from under me so that I fell on the floor. Then the 

same things happened again. I heard a man's voice saying lascivious and 

pleasant things to seduce me; he pressed me to give him room in my bed; he 

tried to touch me in an indecent way; I resisted and prevented him, 

calling the nuns who were near my room; the window had been open, it was 

closed; I felt strong movements of love for a certain person, and improper 

desire for dishonorable things." 

 

She writes again, at a later period: "These impurities and the fire of 

concupiscence which the evil spirit caused me to feel, beyond all that I 

can say, forced me to throw myself on to braziers of hot coal, where I 

would remain for half an hour at a time, in order to extinguish that other 

fire, so that half my body was quite burnt. At other times, in the depth 

of winter, I have sometimes passed part of the night entirely naked in the 

snow, or in tubs of icy water. I have besides often gone among thorns so 

that I have been torn by them; at other times I have rolled in nettles, 

and I have passed whole nights defying my enemies to attack me, and 

assuring them that I was resolved to defend myself with the grace of God." 

With her confessor's permission, she also had an iron girdle made, with 

spikes, and wore this day and night for nearly six months until the spikes 

so entered her flesh that the girdle could only be removed with 

difficulty. By means of these austerities she succeeded in almost 

exorcising the demons of unchastity, and a little later, after a severe 

illness, of which she believed that she was miraculously cured by St. 

Joseph, she appeared before the world almost as a saint, herself 

possessing a miraculous power of healing; she traveled through France, 

bringing healing wherever she went; the king, the queen, and Cardinal 

Richelieu were at her feet, and so great became the fame of her holiness 

that her tomb was a shrine for pilgrims for more than a century after her 

death. It was not until late in life, and after her autobiography 

terminates, that sexual desire in Soeur Jeanne (though its sting seems 

never to have quite disappeared) became transformed into passionate love 

of Jesus, and it is only in her later letters that we catch glimpses of 

the complete transmutation. Thus, in one of her later letters we read: "I 

cried with ardor, 'Lord! join me to Thyself, transform Thyself into me!' 

It seemed to me that that lovable Spouse was reposing in my heart as on 

His throne. What makes me almost swoon with love and admiration is a 

certain pleasure which it seems to me that He takes when all my being 

flows into His, restoring to Him with respect and love all that He has 

given to me. Sometimes I have permission to speak to our Lord with more 

familiarity, calling Him my Love, interesting Him in all that I ask of 

Him, as well for myself as for others." 

 

The lives of all the great saints and mystics bear witness to operations 


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