Gérard Rossé


This article explores some texts in which Chiara Lubich speaks about the beginning of her mystical experience during the summer of 1949 that is known as “Paradise ’49.” This exploration seeks to understand these texts in the light of biblical revelation, in particular Pauline and Johannine theology. The author focuses on two aspects. The first of these concerns the role of living the Word of God leading up to this experience. The second concentrates on what Chiara wrote about the special circumstances in which the mystical experience began after a “Pact” made with Igino Giordani, a noted Catholic writer and politician.