Note Taking on Julian of Norwich pt3

Julian of Norwich (1342-1430)  ‘Love was His meaning’

The metaphors flood the imagination as Julian describes the blood flowing/pouring from Christ’s head as He hung on the Cross.

Beads; Herring scales; Rain drops.

What are we to make of this?

Does Julian revel or even enjoy seeing/describing this event?

Julian asks a question after reflection, that is meant to take one by surprise:  ‘What is sin?’

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Note Taking on Julian of Norwich pt2

Julian of Norwich (1342-1430)  ‘Love was His meaning’

Julian of Norwich has a shorter and a longer text, written 20 years apart.

These texts cover both the cognitive (ideas) and the visual (pictorial), showing she doesn’t just “paint” a picture, she develops its meaning.

She prayed for three graces:

  1. To relive the Passion of Christ
  2. For bodily graces
  3. To receive three wounds (not necessarily bodily, but spiritual).
      1. Contrition
      2. Purposefulness
      3. Compassion

She gets sick aged 30 and genuinely believes that she will die…  When her priest comes in, she sees “the light of the crucifix for all mankind.”

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Note Taking on Julian of Norwich pt1

Note Taking on Julian of Norwich pt1

Julian of Norwich (1342-1430)  ‘Love was His meaning’

Three encounters:

  1. With myself: Insightful and integrated encounter
  2. God:  The holiness beyond me and my availability to God
  3. Julian of Norwich:
    • Childhood in bustling city devastated by the ‘The Great Pestilence’ – so familiar with death
    • Visions were received and processed over 20 year period.

Pastoral ministry is not “helping people”, but attending to what matters most to people.

 

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