This article begins with the assumption that Chiara Lubich received a charism—a spiritual gift—that is embodied in her spirituality of unity. Mitchell argues that the Trinitarian source of this gift was revealed in the mystical experience she refers to as “Paradise ’49,” a period of illumination in Chiara’s life that began in 1949 and extended to 1951. The first part of this paper reflects on the charism of Chiara’s spirituality of unity as lived out in interreligious dialogue. The second part reflects on what has been published about Chiara’s mystical illuminations, which Mitchell believes can serve as new sources for dialogue with the East Asian traditions of Buddhism and Confucianism. In the third and final section, Mitchell presents his views on how such a dialogue could contribute to a more global Catholic philosophy.
Mitchell, Donald W.
"The Mystical Theology of Chiara Lubich: A Foundation for Interreligious Dialogue in East Asia,"
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2, Article 6.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/claritas/vol3/iss2/6