Mysticism is concerned
with a more intimate knowledge and contemplation of God. It is not brought about
by one's own intelligence, but by grace. It is available only to a few
privileged souls in this life...
souls...even in the present life, God gives a very special grace by which they
are enabled to feel His sensible presence; this is true mystical contemplation.
In this act, there is no annihilation or absorption of the creature into God, but
God becomes intimately present to the created mind and thus, enlightened by
special illuminations, contemplates with ineffable joy the Divine essence."
of God is the work of grace and the reward of eternal life; in the present life
only a few souls, by a special grace, can reach it." (Catholic Encyclopedia)
One must be careful to
note that this gift is given to a small number of souls – whereas there
are many false mystics, especially today.
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