CITTÀ DELLA MISTICA
Gusta la segreta dolcezza che Dio riserva a chi lo ama
(S. Chiara)
CITTÀ DELLA MISTICA
Gusta la segreta dolcezza che Dio riserva a chi lo ama
(S. Chiara)
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A CITY OF MYSTICISM
TO EXPLORE, TO EMBRACE

Welcome to the Città della Mistica.

The term mysticism expresses the profound and sublime experience that a person has with God. A "City of Mysticism" serves as a dedicated haven in which to cultivate appreciation for and exploration of the depths of this condition of spiritual life. The journey of the Church throughout the centuries has been enriched by the contributions of the writings of mystics who describe their encounter with God outlining the unique characteristics that define such experiences, leaving a precious heritage for all of Christianity. The mystical experience is distinguished by a set of consistent characteristics, a well-defined phenomenology, a historical narrative, and a specific language. All of these aspects will be further explored and celebrated within the Città della Mistica.

THE SUBLIME AND CONCRETE NATURE OF MYSTICISM

It is God who first offers his friendship and presents an opportunity for humanity to unite with Him in Christ Jesus.

Central to this experience is the believer's heart, serving as the point of communion with the Most High, within the sacred space of the Covenant.

Rooted in faith, mysticism fosters a transformative journey of love with the divine, leading to profound expressions of charity.

DIMENSIONS OF MYSTICISM

MYSTICISM, A SUBLIME AND ENCHANTING PATH

Mysticism represents the pinnacle of prayer, the culmination of an ongoing dialogue of listening and response with the Holy Trinity, reaching the profound depths of the inner journey. The mystical life blossoms from a spiritual journey characterised by a remarkable synergy. On one hand, God extends a call to profound and intimate communion, offering guidance and strength. On the other hand, the individual responds wholeheartedly with commitment, embracing the divine gifts bestowed by the Most High. For those who trust in Him, God extends a guiding hand, accompanying them on a path of ever-deepening and all-encompassing love. This love manifests in a gradual increase in both intensity and tenderness. The mystical life thrives on continuous prayer and a yearning for a liberating and invigorating form of asceticism undertaken by those who embark on the path of discipleship and service. Silence and recollection are invaluable elements in this precious internal dynamic, serving as its constant source of sweetness.

 

ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE DICTIONARIES OF MYSTICISM
AND THE ASSISI CONFERENCES
HISTORY OF A MYSTICAL THEOLOGY IN DIALOGUE

Article published in the volume

L. Bianchi-R. Di Muro (edited by), In dialogo. Metodo scientifico e stile di vita, Dehoniane, Bologna 2020.

MYSTICAL LIFE IS CHARACTERIZED BY PRESUPPOSITIONS, CONSTANTS, EVOLUTIONS, LANGUAGES AND GRADUAL PATHS

CONTEMPLATION, DEFINED

To contemplate means to gaze upon with prolonged wonder and admiration. The word originates from the Latin words "cum" and "templum." "Cum" means "with," suggesting simultaneity, shared experience, and unity. "Templum" expresses the celestial space, the portion of sky that the gaze can contain, or the temple dedicated to the divinity. The two words together express the meaning of dwelling in this celestial space, or the temple. Through the illuminating power of personal faith, the one who contemplates arrives at a profound understanding of God and the human condition. This understanding awakens a yearning for a closer connection with God and a deeper expression of love.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE MYSTICS

Mystics have been able to tell of their experience of God, which is in itself inexpressible, only by using linguistic devices such as paradox, oxymoron, tautology and metaphor. For this reason there are many points of contact between mysticism and poetry. Both poets and mystics share a need to convey their unique experiences, yet their challenge lies in articulating and communicating them. Thus, the languages of both poetry and mysticism abound in unique terms that adhere to their own internal narrative and grammatical framework. Generally, mystics choose the language of lovers, rather than strict theological terms, to express the unexpressable.

 

THE INNER FREEDOM OF THE MYSTICS

Inner freedom in the mystical journey is considered the preparatory phase for the journey towards union with God because the believer frees himself from all the bonds that would prevent him from flying into the encounter with the Most High. Those who follow the Lord to reach union with Him are called to strip themselves of all morbid attachments to the material: this kind of mortification opens the way to union with God. It is, therefore, a real path of ascent, of abnegation that is at the basis of a mystical experience because it frees the heart and mind from all slavery.

 

MYSTICISM IS AN ITINERARY

Mysticism is therefore an itinerary in seeking God, a special mission, a particular service for the Church, which is carried out in an upright manner in complete detachment from oneself and in receptivity to the Word of God. It is an experience of faith that corresponds to the biblical experience of faith of the Old and New Testaments. Authentic mysticism depends essentially on the quality of consent, total willingness to serve, the will to full donation, one's own anonymity, and the rendering of oneself as a perfect transparency of the Word of God.

INNER FREEDOM AND MYSTICISM

The mystical life is fascinating because it is a possibility accessible to all.

It shines forth in the lives of numerous figures who have enriched the life of the Church and of humanity with the gentle power of mystical union with God. A life steeped in mysticism often blossoms into acts of charity. Those who encounter this profound connection feel driven to express their love for others through practical and tangible gestures. While prayer occupies a central role in the lives of mystics, their pursuit extends to active service of their fellow human beings.

THE HEART OF MYSTICISM IS UNION WITH GOD

While extraordinary phenomena can be significant, they are only one aspect of the broader mystical life.

The core of this experience is a transforming communion with Christ, where a deep and personal connection leads to a profound change. 

Christian mystics are those who, through baptism and a life of dedication, achieve a profound union with God.

They demonstrate that a mystical life isn't about exceptional qualities, but rather a deep trust in the merciful love of the Triune God, available to all.

The loving and mysterious communion of the perfect Christian with God, which engenders a unique form of understanding within the soul. (ANCILLI)

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