MYSTICISM

MYSTICISM DEFINED

A possibility accessible to all

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 2014) offers a definition of mysticism: "Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called "mystical" because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments - "the holy mysteries" - and, in him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with him, even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all."

In light of this definition, it becomes clear that mysticism, the highest form of Christian prayer, is accessible to everyone, not restricted to a select group. It emphasises a continuous and all-encompassing journey of conversion as the path to this mystical experience. The centuries-long experience of mystics, documented in their testimonies, provides valuable insights into the core nature and phenomenology of mysticism.

Contemporary spiritual theology suggests that Christian mysticism represents the culmination of the believer's baptismal journey, brought about through the transformative power of divine grace. It is the expression of a journey of spiritual growth that blossoms into a deep and intimate communion with God, nurtured by the exercise of faith, hope, and charity. Within this evolving relationship, the sacraments play a vital and indispensable role.

Place your mind in the mirror of eternity, place your soul in the splendor of glory, place your heart in the figure of the divine substance, and be transformed. (St. Clare)

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