Schimmelpenninck's definition of the contemplative sublime in terms of dauntlessness does hold out the promise of empowerment through active engagement in spiritual community.
In the second chart within her Theory, "Chart No II--Deformities" Schimmelpenninck creates a moral distinction between the grotesque, "deformed" passions of what she refers to as "the horrible" and the still, awed emotions of "the terrible" which lead into the spiritual veneration and dauntlessness of "the contemplative sublime.
His observation of the Moravians' unshaken dauntlessness was a spiritual turning point that would lead toward the eventual formation of the Methodist church.
For Schimmelpenninck, the corporate prayer of a ship's crew and the communal dauntlessness of the Roman senate together illustrate the conception of a contemplative sublime based not in individual autonomy but in a paradoxical strength in shared vulnerability.
Soon enough, I firmly believed that "existence precedes essence" (something else I've never quite understood) and embraced the four Ds that the critic Walter Kaufmann said defined existentialism: "dread, despair, death, and dauntlessness.
To some readers today this faith, rooted in the dauntlessness of Tarry's middle-class Southern family, in her commitment to moral and educational self-improvement, and in her socially conscious Catholicism, may elicit little more than an ironic reminder of a time when terms like integration and freedom now possessed an unquestioned moral authority and bespoke what seemed then a social inevitability.