Today is the feast day of Juan Diego: the visionary of Mexico who received the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in1531.In Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, Evelyn Underhill has a chapter called "Voices and Visions." Julian of Norwich was a visionary. So was Birgitta of Sweden, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, and Francis of Assisi. Receiving visions seems to be very much part of the stock in trade of the mystical life.The prophet Joel, whom Peter … [Read more...]