On the representation of a dialogue with God

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Mystical dialogue would seem to elude analysis, in that there are no witnesses. Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century Dominican &#8220;tertiary&#8221;, revealed her mystical experience to her confessor and secretaries, who set down her account and edited <i>The Dialogue of Divine Providence</i>, constructing a representation of the phenomenon based on what she told them. &#8220;A soul&#8221; (that of Catherine) engages in an exchange with God. He desires a renewal of His Church, and invites the world to take up a dialogue with Him. Is this a case of &#8220;ventriloquy&#8221;&#63; No. This is God expressing Himself, in dialogue with a mystic. For us, the representation of this dialogue with God contains an &#8220;invention of the Other&#8221;. Keywords: dialogue; mysticism; Christianity; ventriloquy; communication


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