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Unlike many of her contemporary religious writers, she wrote in the language of the common people, Middle English, rather than Latin. In that spirit, this version has been translated into modern English, making it ideal for someone with less experience in medieval literature.
Julian of Norwich is one of the most celebrated figures of the English Middle Ages. She is esteemed as one of the subtlest writers and profoundest thinkers of the period for her account of the revelations that she experienced in 1373. Julian lived as an anchoress in Norwich, and after recovering from a serious illness she described the visions that had come to her during her suffering. She conceived of a loving and compassionate God, merciful and forgiving, and believed in our ability to
reach self-knowledge through sin. She wrote of God as our mother, and embraced strikingly independent theological opinions.
This new translation conveys the poise and serenity of Julian's prose style to the modern reader. It includes both the short and long texts, written twenty years apart, through which Julian developed her ideas. In his introduction Barry Windeatt considers Julian's astonishingly positive vision of humanity and its potential for spiritual transformation.
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Each book in the 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series provides a month of daily readings from one of Christianity's most beloved spiritual guides. For each day there is a brief and accessible morning meditation drawn from the mystic's writings, a simple mantra for use throughout the day, and a night prayer to focus one's thoughts as the day ends. These easy-to-use books are the perfect prayer companion for busy people who want to root their spiritual practice in the solid ground of these great spiritual teachers.
Drawing deeply from the wisdom writings of medieval English mystic Julian of Norwich, All Will Be Well welcomes even spiritual newcomers to the spirituality of this fourteenth-century visionary who was well ahead of her time.
Written in the 14th century, Revelations of Divine Love is a powerful work of English mysticism. After falling deathly ill, St. Julian received sixteen different mystical revelations; in this splendid work, she describes and reflects upon those revelations. Having received these revelations at a time of great pain for herself, as she lay ill, she focuses on the mysteries of Christianity, in particular, the vast love of God and the existence of evil. She describes the "motherhood" of God, depicting how God suffers with his creation as it experiences great and multifaceted evil. Nevertheless, she also emphasizes the need to follow God in order to receive the beautiful vision of God in the afterlife. For her deep and penetrating descriptions of God and love, countless readers have found St. Julian's work uplifting, encouraging, and challenging. Revelations of Divine Love astounds readers, engulfing them in a powerful revelation of God's love.
Her work – in the same Middle English as her contemporary Geoffrey Chaucer – is dense, deeply intuitive, and theologically complex. In the last thirty years, there have been several translations of her book, but they’ve tended to be coolly academic, merely paraphrased, or too literal to capture Julian’s true meanings. This translation finally liberates Julian and her inspired insights from the linguistic jungle and presents her work in a style and format which breaks through not only to her deepest meanings, but to the character of the gentle woman herself.
Why at times do I feel so empty? If I am a Christian, a child of my heavenly Father, why does a barrier of life's pressures, cares, and troubles so often keep me from entering His presence? Is there a spiritual key that will unlock the doors of my soul to His majestic Spirit so that I am crowned with all the blessings that are mine in Christ?
Julian of Norwich (1342-1413) lived when poverty, plagues, war and despotic kings ravaged Europe. A terrifying illness brought her to her deathbed. Then a powerful vision opened up to Julian. She saw the tender, burning, unstoppable love of God, reaching out to touch her. To love and heal the soul of the whole world. And in an instant, waves of health revived her physical body. Love made her well.
Julian's ongoing vision of divine love, recorded over several decades, reigns supreme in all of English devotional writing. Her words will open your heart wide to be touched and crowned with new spiritual life, and with love greater than you have ever known.
In her Revelations, Julian shows great charm in the childlike, tender quality of her expression. She sees God as one Who delights in His creation and desires that we would recognize this and participate. Julian's attitude regarding the "all shall be well" largely depends on acceptance of the limitations of our own vision and the knowledge that the vastness of divine providence is mysterious. It is well worth noting that an anchoress lacked neither time nor motivation for recording such reflections, it is a fair assumption that her understanding of the full scope of her revelations developed over many years.
Julian has remained a continual evolving manuscript for numerous individuals both of the laity, clergy and scholastic vocations. This is quite remarkable, since the flip side of this story is the “Ladder of Perfection” by Walter Hilton OSA, which many contend was written to Julian. This work has a life of its own and is continually resurfacing.
Julian emphasizes numerous points of doctrine, with an exquisite joy, focusing on “the bliss and glory” rather than the idea of earth's being a battleground for good and evil. This is one thing which sets her apart from many others, regardless of their gender. Julian similar to Angelina of Foligno requests that the participant be just that, a participant with God, and not struggle against what so easily transcends our minute understanding.
Julian is indeed a work which should be read, explored and reviewed for personal and spiritual insights for ones spiritual development.