Revisiting Chiara Lubich’s Paradise ’49 in Light of the Letter to the Ephesians
This article is the first in a four-part study. It begins with the idea that genuine Christian mysticism and the thought it produces is never separated from faith. Rather, it produces a faith lived with greater clarity and intensity. This forms the basis for a study comparing the Letter to the Ephesians with some of Chiara Lubich’s notes on her contemplative experience in 1949. Her experience, the author emphasizes, was born from an experience of communion, of church. Chiara lived in a personal way the reality of the church in its profound identity with the Body of Christ. This reality can be described as participation in the Trinitarian life of God, by being inserted into the Son’s relationship with the Father. This study appears even more appropriate when we consider that the principal concern of the Letter to the Ephesians is the identity of the church and its vocation to unity. Focus will be on themes of faith and, specifically, God, the Logos, ecclesiology, and ethics.