I posted this in The meaning of this song thread but felt it belonged here, too:
Speaking of the juxtaposition of sex and religion, I remember taking a Philosophy of Beauty class in college.
One of the pieces we talked about was Ecstacy of St. Teresa by Gianlorenzo Bernini.
I got this information from my textbook: Arts & Ideas by William Flemming
pp. 388 - 390:
. . . Bernini portrays Teresa in a state of ecstacy. In her autobiography she describes a bright angel, face aflame, who appeared to her in a vision.
As she describes it:
In his hands I saw a great golden spear, and at the iron tip there appeared to be a point of fire. This he plunged into my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he pulled it out, I felt he took them with it, and left me utterly consumed by the great love of God. The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by the intense pain is so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one's soul then content with anything but God . . . So gentle was this wooing which takes place between God and the soul . . .