The Child as Mystic
Sofia Cavalletti, biblical schlolar and founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, noticed that the child possesses a mysterious knowledge of God. This is the hallmark of the mystic as well. In fact the mystic and the child's religious experiences share many of the same attributes. This paper examines the parallels, especially in relation to Jesus' insistence that entrance into the kingdom of heaven requires becoming as children and Evelyn Underhill's observation that the mystic is a special organ which God places within the Christian community for the special purpose of making the divine desire for communion with God known.