Teachings from this fourteenth-century mystic provide spiritual direction and call for you to open yourself, body and soul, to divine love.
Many people are familiar with the phrase "All shall be well" but do not know much, if anything, about Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth-century English mystic who wrote those words. Thomas Merton declared her to be “without a doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices,” and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says that her writings “may well be the most important work of Christian reflection in the English language.”
This accessible introduction to Julian's Revelations of Divine Love, an extended reflection on a series of her mystical visions, includes an informative introduction that addresses the historical, cultural and sociological context of Julian’s life and writings. Mary Earle’s facing-page commentary focuses on Julian’s profoundly hopeful vision of humanity and God, her creative imagery and her rigorous honesty about the spiritual life. Drawing directly from Julian’s text, Earle addresses a variety of topics essential to understanding Julian’s mysticism, including the infinite nature of God, the life of prayer, God’s suffering with us, the eternal and undying life of the soul, the motherhood of Jesus and the motherhood of God, “all shall be well” and more.
Drawing directly from Julian’s text, the commentary addresses a variety of topics including the infinite nature of God, the life of prayer, God’s suffering with us, the eternal and undying life of the soul, the motherhood of Jesus and the motherhood of God, “all shall be well” and more.
About the Author
Mary C. Earle, an Episcopal priest, retreat leader and spiritual director, is the author of Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love—Annotated & Explained; The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness and Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings—Annotated and Explained; she co-authored Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints and Praying with the Celtic Saints. In addition to four books on the spirituality of living with illness, she has written for explorefaith.org. She has been introducing the writings of Julian in seminary classes, retreats and conferences for over twenty years.
Mary C. Earle is available to speak on the following topics:
The Weaving of Heaven and Earth: Celtic Christian Spirituality for Today
Befriending: The Heart of Celtic Prayer and Practice
The Book of Creation
The Desert Mothers
The Gift of Divine Rhythms: Sabbath Rest
Roberta C. Bondi is professor emerita of church history and spirituality, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of To Love as God Loves: Conversations with the Early Church, Memories of God, and other books. She is a retreat and workshop leader.
Table of Contents
1. The Visions 3
2. Images for God 21
3. Our Relationship to God 27
4. Christ's Passion 61
5. The Trinity 77
6. The Question of Sin 83
7. Prayer and Faith 101
8. The Soul 123
9. Parable of the Lord and the Servant 141
10. The Motherhood of God 165
11. All Shall Be Well 183
Suggestions for Further Reading 195