MYSTICS

MYSTICS

A Christian mystic is a believer in Christ Jesus who allows himself to be shaped by the person of the Lord and is rooted in the salvific event which has its foundation in Christ himself. The mystic surrenders trustingly to the guidance of the Word of God which he seeks to deepen progressively. A Christian's mystical experience reflects a deepening of their faith and ongoing spiritual formation. His path to salvation is solely through the Church's teachings and revelations: he is an expression of the ecclesial reality of his time. Driven by his strong evangelical calling, his primary focus is on acts of charity, rather than on personal mystical experiences. The Christian mystic is rooted in Christian principles and teachings and is nourished by them. His experiences remain grounded in Christian truth, for he is fully invested in its economy and objectivity and never seeks to supersede it. While distinct from the formal language of dogma, preaching, or theology, his speech consistently expresses a foundation in faith.

The mystic is not a visionary, rather one who lives the values of faith in the concreteness of life; he is not a dreamer, rather one who lives and grows in an intimate union with Christ and the Father in the Spirit. Far from being an elevated believer or separate from everyday Christian life, he embodies a life of faith under the action of divine grace. This allows him to fully embrace his baptismal journey, deepening his understanding of faith and theology. Consequently, he experiences a profound and intimate connection with God, both within himself and in his interaction with others. There is a continuity between conversion, holiness and mysticism, so that the latter should not be seen as an experience of God reserved for a few chosen ones, but a possibility open to all believers. Christian tradition has long conceived of the spiritual life as a journey with two main phases. The first, asceticism, serves as a preparatory stage, while the second, properly mystical, entails a special union with God that may involve extraordinary phenomena. This division of the spiritual journey into two distinct stages, still encountered in the works of several authors addressing the theme, is questioned by others, who propose to see the whole aforementioned journey as a single reality that begins with baptism and leads to that greater and deeper union with God, which is precisely mystical.

THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MYSTICS

Mysticism possesses a well-defined set of characteristics, principles, and enduring elements. Far from being an ineffable experience, it constitutes a realm of knowledge that can be investigated, explored, and even mastered through dedicated study.
 
The mystics throughout history, through their writings and personal accounts, serve as invaluable guides in understanding the unique features of this spiritual dimension.

 They provide a valuable path for cultivating a profound and transformative union with God.

 Driven by a desire to guide others, countless individuals have shared their own journeys, opening the door for others to embark on this deeply transformative path. 

 

Embrace Christ. Consider Him, contemplate Him, and imitate Him. (St. Clare)

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