Discord, Discretion, and Discipline
This chapter considers medieval understandings of “inner peace” in the Christian context. For high medieval thinkers who followed Saint Augustine, the sacraments did not open the gates to a community of peace but rather conferred peace by demanding that the recipient rearrange their emotional priorities. This peace meant a transformation of the senses, the victory of spirit over flesh resulting in the ability to reject what the body had craved. Grace came as a challenge and provocation, not as an easy escape or reward: it was a call to battle between spirit and flesh. Peacemaking through discernment began as transformative turbulence and culminated in the disciplining of emotions.
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