OK, holy_roamer, that makes more sense now. I would have never associated Benny Hinn with medieval mysticism. I can’t comment on Kuhlman too much either other than I am aware of who she was and have seen video clips. The overwhelming majority of medieval mystic experience is antithetical to Hinn or Kuhlman.
St. Francis, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa (as examples) were all more concerned with the profoundly humbling nature of the experience. They were overcome by the power of God and did not exult in it. It was for them an intensely personal encounter with the Most High and not something to be broadcast on TV.
Long before Mel Gibson’s Passion came out, I had a profoundly vivid dream. I “saw” Our Lord nailed to the cross. I woke up screaming “NO!” which woke my wife up. I was very shaken by this dream. Very shaken. My pastor put me in touch with the diocesan priest overseeing the charismatic movement in our diocese. He was not nice about it and disabused me of any idea that I had had any kind of “mystical” experience.
Hinn and, from what I could tell, Kuhlman make/made the extraordinary mundane. Hinn, frankly, scares me. I do not like what he does. Neither Hinn nor Kuhlman reflect the experiences of what was written by the medieval mystics and in my opinion, there is no comparison.
So, to help clarify this thread, it seems we are discussing the experiences of the modern charismatic movement vs. medieval mysticism. I could be wrong.