Dec 23, 2016

Revelation of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

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Statue of Julian on the front of Norwich Cathedral, holding the book Revelations of Divine Love.
"Julian of Norwich (c. 8 November 1342 – c. 1416) was an English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. Julian was also known as a spiritual authority within her community where she also served as a counselor and advisor. She is venerated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches."
 "When she was 30 and living at home, Julian suffered from a serious illness. Since she was presumed to be near death, her curate came to administer the last rites of the Catholic Church on 8 May 1373. As part of the ritual, he held a crucifix in the air above the foot of her bed. Julian reported that she was losing her sight and felt physically numb, but as she gazed on the crucifix she saw the figure of Jesus begin to bleed. Over the next several hours, she had a series of 16 visions of Jesus Christ, which ended by the time she recovered from her illness on 13 May 1373. Julian wrote about her visions immediately after they had happened (although the text may not have been finished for some years), in the Revelations of Divine Love." ~ Wikipedia

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There's also a very nice article written about Julian of Norwich at the Guidepost blog.  

Note: I realize that many people have a problem with the virgin Mary being in one of Julian's visions, because of the "Mary worshiping" accusations towards the Catholic Church. I can understand where the ire for this comes from, but I believe that in His wonderful gentleness towards us and His intimate knowledge of us, that He will speak and convey messages in a way that we, as individuals, will understand and feel at peace with. Read the vision in chapter 25 and see what the Lord was showing her and how Mary (and the Catholic view of her) was being used to make His point:

“I wot well that thou wouldst see my blessed Mother. . . .”
“Wilt thou see in her how thou art loved?" ~
Jesus, Revelations of Divine Love, Ch. XXV