Corpus Mysticum and Religious Experience: Henry, Lacoste and Marion



While usually denoting the church and/or the sacrament of the Eucharist, the ‘mystical body of Christ’ has become a theological grammar for Catholic phenomenologists Michel Henry, Jean-Yves Lacoste and Jean-Luc Marion to think through the possibility of religious experience. This article traces out some of the richly detailed accounts of religious experience proffered by Henry, Lacoste and Marion, paying heed to how they narrate the non-worldly, invisible disclosure of that religious experiencing. The final section outlines a deeper integration of the three by highlighting the need for an encounter with Christ to be both non-worldly and worldly, between presence and absence, and thus an experience that is concrete, lived, but also mediated by the visible church.