Patricia A. Merlo, M.P.M.

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"All shall be well”
 Julian of Norwich, a mystic for the 21st century

On May 13, 1373, Julian received 16 revelations centered on the Passion and sufferings of Jesus. They led her to make a radical choice: to live a life of prayer and reflection in a cell attached to the church of St. Julian in Norwich.  Then, over a period of almost 20 years, the Lord Himself showed her the meaning of these extraordinary Revelations of Divine Love which, as Julian wrote, “are intended not only for her, but for all of us, her fellow Christians.”

These revelations can provide strength and wisdom, comfort and healing for the pain and divisions that pierce our own lives and times.

Presentation Outline:

  • introduction to Julian’s life and her 16 visions
  • private reflection on her Parable of the Lord and the Servant,
  • group discussion of her themes and images.

Thomas Merton:  “Julian is, without a doubt, one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices. She gets greater and greater in my eyes as I get older... I think Julian of Norwich is, with Newman, the greatest English theologian”

Pope Benedict XVI: “Even in periods of tribulation, God does not cease to inspire figures such as Julian of Norwich to recall people to peace, love, and joy.” (General Audience, December 1, 2010)

Richard Rohr: “Julian of Norwich is my favorite mystic.”

William Meninger “No matter what our circumstances, God is with us and he loves us.” (Julian of Norwich, p. 63)

M.L. del Mastro “Anyone engaged in the day-to-day struggles of the human journey from becoming to being, from self-centeredness to God-centeredness, from earth to heaven, from life to death to Life will find in Julian much to think about, much to pray with, and much to comfort him/her, despite the differences in life’s circumstances.”
(M.L. del Mastro, translator of
The Revelation of Divine Love: the Sixteen Showings Made to Julian of Norwich)

Pope Benedict XVI:   The Catholic Church “cites the words of Julian of Norwich to answer an argument that never ceases to be a provocation: If God is supremely good and wise, why do evil and suffering of innocents exist? . . .The saints give an answer that opens our hearts to trust and to hope: in the mysterious designs of Providence, God can draw a greater good even from evil. …Yes, God’s promises are ever greater than our expectations. And, if we present to God, to His immense love, the purest and deepest desires of our heart, we shall never be disappointed. ‘And all will be well. All manner of things shall be well’: this is the final message that Julian of Norwich transmits to us and that I am proposing to you today.” (General Audience, December 1, 2010)         

(Page last updated 9/22/2017)

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