What actually is a locution according to Catholic Dictionary
A supernatural communication to the ear, imagination, or directly to the intellect. The locution is supernatural in the manner of communication, that is, beyond the ordinary laws of nature. Spurious locutions may come from the evil spirit and can be recognized by their lack of coherence or clarity, the disquiet they cause in the one who receives them, and the evil effects they produce in those who listen to them. (Etym. Latin locutio, a speaking, speech, discourse; from loqui, to speak.)
I take it by “interior (locution)” is meant voice or words heard but not heard with one’s actual physical ear?..i.e. inner ear?
To read much about “locutions” as a proper noun in mystical and spiritual theology, read this commentary on Chapter III of the Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila:
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO CHAPTER III.
BY THE EDITOR
I would only ever use the word in a personal sense speaking to my director. This is quite personal to me…it is so very easy to be deceived by self or Satan. So wary am I of both, I avoid the word personally as much as possible and always usually other than in speaking to my director. Deception is even possible by hearing the ‘argument’ of one only as to defintion or one side of an argument…theologians still argue out today defintions in mystical theology.
It can be an interesting type of discussion in a purely objective sense for sure!
My personal concept is that if The Lord needs to communicate something to me and I dont hear the first or second time…then He will simply speak louder and clearer and then I will check it all out with my director.
St. Francis de Sales has very wise words to say in this connection, and while the connection may not be immediately apparent…connection there is:
The mark of mysticism is a very high order of sanctity…extraordinary or unusual type of phenomena is not necessarily the mark of mysticism of all… it can be pure deception by self or Satan or it can be something sent by God for some reason to any person at all…and I would never assume any of those, nor a locution per se in the first place, unless I spoke with my director - not so much to discern if I was receiving locutions (no plus in knowing either way actually!) but rather to ensure the validity of my ‘locationally impressed’ matter.
If I should have some impression, urge, whatever and it brings Peace, spiritual profit in some way and is in accord with what The Church teaches and it is nothing out of the ordinary, then I have no real need to consult anyone and can know it is from God no matter how I arrived at such. If any of those are lacking I make no move until I consult my director and if The Lord needs me to respond immediately before I see my director in two weeks, then my director will suddenly appear before me:thumbsup:
If The Lord needs me to know I am receiving locutions and I just dont get the message and I need to get the message…The Lord will ensure that I do get the message!!!:shrug:
I have been puzzled by comments here on CAF such as “Jesus said to me” or things along that line…but have learnt to accept fully what the person says at face value…face value…and move on without disturbance in any way at any level personally.
How common are actual true locutions? (and there are a few kinds of locutions or categories of)…no way at all of knowing.