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8/30/2005

Julian of Norwich

In this latest installment of the seemingly endless procession of quizzes, I discovered that I am Julian or Norwich. I'm honored. Really. What a wonderful woman with whom to be compared.

Julian
You are Julian of Norwich! It's all about God, to
you. You're convinced that the world has a
happy ending. Everyone else is convinced that
you're a closet hippie, but you love them
anyway.


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In his brief life of Julian for a website, James Kiefer notes,
The Lady Juliana was born about 1342, and when she was thirty years old, she became gravely ill and was expected to die. Julian of NorwichThen, on the seventh day, the medical crisis passed, and she had a series of fifteen visions, or "showings," in which she was led to contemplate the Passion of Christ. These brought her great peace and joy. She became an anchoress, living in a small hut near to the church in Norwich, where she devoted the rest of her life to prayer and contemplation of the meaning of her visions. The results of her meditations she wrote in a book called Revelations of Divine Love, available in modern English in a Penguin Paperback edition. During her lifetime, she became known as a counselor, whose advice combined spiritual insight with common sense, and many persons came to speak with her. Since her death, many more have found help in her writings.

The precise date of her death is uncertain.

Her book is a tender meditation on God's eternal and all-embracing love, as expressed to us in the Passion of Christ.

Julian of Norwich's HazelnutShe describes seeing God holding a tiny thing in his hand, like a small brown nut, which seemed so fragile and insignificant that she wondered why it did not crumble before her eyes. She understood that the thing was the entire created universe, which is as nothing compared to its Creator, and she was told, "God made it, God loves it, God keeps it."

She was concerned that sometimes when we are faced wiith a difficult moral decision, it seems that no matter which way we decide, we will have acted from motives that are less then completely pure, so that neither decision is defensible. She finally wrote: "It is enough to be sure of the deed. Our courteous Lord will deign to redeem the motive."

A matter that greatly troubled her was the fate of those who through no fault of their own had never heard the Gospel. She never received a direct answer to her questions about them, except to be told that whatever God does is done in Love, and therefore "that all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."
The amazing things is that the word saints in scripture is Greek for "Holy Ones" and it refers to every one of us. We, like Julian, are not a "holy One" because of our holiness, but because of Christ's holiness. It is in following Jesus that we are saints, whether anyone proclaims us as one or not.

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

2 Comments:

  • At 8/30/2005 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I totally see this... the quiz said I was Joan of Arc! "You don't really want to hurt anyone, but if they attack your friends or your country and no-one else will stand up to fight them, you head into the battle. Beware though, conviction tends to get you killed." That's nice.
    Shannon C.

     
  • At 9/19/2006 8:54 PM, Blogger Robert said…

    I'm Julian, Wow! I like happy endings and I want to know God and feel the connection. I think I need to read more about Julian of Norwich.

    Thanks,
    God's Peace,
    Bob

     

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