In a recent thread people were discussing mystical ascenticism. The writings of St Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, who are examples of God’s mystic handiwork, were used to control the parameters of Mysticism. The persons using the inspired writings were creating a state of rigid pettiness in just what is real mystical events.
It seems that we have some how anointed these inspired writings with some type of dogmatic properties. Thereby, giving their opinions and observations credit far beyond the value that the official Church does. All saints and all their opinions are just opinions. There may be truth in their opinions as there may be in anyones opinions but all their opinions are not correct because they are saints.
When the child visionaries of LaSallete were being transported to a place for questioning concerning their visions in La Sallete they passed through Ars. St John Michael Vianney the Cure of Ars invited them to remain for dinner and after dinner spent time with the children and questioned them himself. After they left the Cure was asked what his opinion was and St John Vianney said that the children were so ordinary and common showing no outward sign of personal holiness and devotion that he himself would have grave doubt concerning the authenticity of the vision. Of course he was in error for the visions were approved by Our Holy Mother the Church.
What I am trying to point out is the small rigid perception of the mystical life going on within our church has somehow been fenced off by the writings of St Theresa and St John which I for one do not believe was their intention. People we live in a world where in the entire history of this world there has never been two snowflakes that were identical. We are not just uniquely identifiable but unrepeatable universes within ourselves.
God is not bound by the rigid parameters that people may set up after reading the inspirational writings of saints. A saints authority on any subject outside of quoting church teaching is just as dogmatic as my barbers, or any teenager it is entirely personal observations not dogmatic teaching. For example I know of no dogma concerning what is one type of vision or another or whether a locution is heard with our human ear or some inner voice heard loud and clear but without the use of our bodily ears. So to those who hear and see the wonders of God allow yourself to be directed where possible by a good spiritual director but remember that even his opinions are just opinions it must be his or her actual good will you rely on.
I have read the lives of many saint but the holiest person I ever met or heard of was never and will never be canonized. This person worked as many 1st degree miracles as any saint, she multiplied food at least a hundred times by her own admission she had the invisible sigmata, she had a window in front of her and could see the past present and future. In fact she told me 10-11 months before John Paul 2 was shot in Rome that he would be shot and described to me the entire sceen she witnessed and when I saw the video a year later when it became a reality it was as she described including the lay victims. She prayed 150 decades of the rosary a day and had raised eleven children. She did not attract the attention of the Church. Her wisdom was a great as any saint and I was privileged to have her as my first spiritual director. She would never of even heard of the term locution. She lived it. Being a chosen soul and mystic does not come with a manual of instructions you just find your way and do your best.