Julian of Norwich was a C14th anchoress, yet her writings contain so much that has meaning for us in the C21st.
Perhaps she is best known for the following
‘All will be well, and all will be well and all manner of thing will be well.’ The translations from Middle English vary slightly, but the message is essentially the same.
We find this quotation in numerous texts – TS Eliot used it twice in part III of Little Gidding, the last of the Four Quartets, and again in part V
‘All shall be well, and
All manner of thing shall be well.’
In Norwich cathedral there is a statue of Julian of Norwich holding her book Revelations of Divine Love. In chapter 86, we read ‘ …I had often wanted to know what was our Lord’s meaning … Love was his meaning.’
From another source, written in the 1960s and sung all over the world, we read ‘All you need is love.’
Father Christopher Wood, rector of St Julian’s church in Norwich which includes Julian’s cell is quoted* as saying ‘Her gift to the world is the message that things go wrong, stuff happens, that we might make mistakes and bad decisions, but there is a bigger picture, there is hope even if it is beyond the horizon.’
Sometimes ‘stuff happens’ that is not a result of our bad decision making or our mistakes made, but hope and love are essential to acceptance.
*Eastern Daily Press 13 August 2017 – (found on the web.)