Dame Julian of Norwich
Like many a medieval saint, Julian of Norwich led a life that sounds exceedingly odd to modern ears. She received a series of strange and other-worldly visions when she was around thirty years old; afterwards, she largely withdrew from the world, living as an anchorite (essentially a hermit) in a hut near the Church of St. Julian in Norwich, England, until her death around 1416. Dame Julian was not widely known in her day, and the record that she wrote of her visions appears to have been all but forgotten until modern English editions of it began to appear in the late nineteenth century. Her “Revelations of Divine Love” has since become a spiritual classic, and I number myself among the many who treasure this work.
What speaks to me most about Julian’s “Revelations” is her sweeping vision of the all-encompassing, unstoppable love of God in Christ. Of her many quotable quotes, my favorite is this unconditional promise given to her in a vision of the Lord, a final word, if you will, on the vast sweep of human history: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Can you embrace that assurance today?
Tuesday, May 8, 2018