The Mystical Narrative as a Way of Revealing the Truth of Faith

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    Autor: Magda Kučerková

    In: Verba Theologica

    ISSN: 1336-1635 (Print)

    ISSN: 2644-4844 (Online)

    Ročník: 22

    Číslo: 2

    Strany: 63-81

    Rok vydania: 2023

    Vydavateľ: VERBUM – vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku

    Abstract: The biblical understanding of faith shows that it is a phenomenon inherently  connected with the perception and experience of God‘s presence and action in  human history. Revelation is considered the foundation of faith, as recorded by  both testaments: from the words or personal stories of the patriarchs and the  prophets to the stories of the Gospel and the witness of Christ‘s followers. The act of  faith expects that the individual or the nation will fully embrace Revelation, doing  so in devotion and trust. Reflecting on the relationship between religion and faith,  this study will primarily draw upon the paradigm of Christian knowledge and,  especially, – utilizing the method of literary interpretation with interdisciplinary  overlaps – from the mystical experiences of selected medieval authors (such as  Margherita de Cortona, Angela da Foligno, and Chiara da Montefalco). This is because the mystical experience mirrors a multitude of attributes that accompany the act of faith. And even though the mystical experience is due to its mysterious character fundamentally inexpressible, it remains an original source of revealing  the processes of the human being‘s spiritual maturation.

    Keywords:  mystical experience, truth, faith, poetic of the ineffable, mystery of the Trinity, Margaret of Cortona, Clare of Montefalco, Angela of Foligno


    KUČERKOVÁ, Magda. The Mystical Narrative as a Way of Revealing the Truth of Faith. In: Verba Theologica [online]. Ružomberok: VERBUM – vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku, 2023, 22 (2), s. 63-81. ISSN 1336-1635 (Print). ISSN 2644-4844 (Online). Dostupné na internete: