Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love

"All things shall be well
You shall see for yourself that
All manner of things shall be well.

"You will not be overcome.
God did not say you will not be troubled,
You will not be belaboured,
You will not be disquieted;
But God said, You will not be overcome.

"I looked at the hazel nut with the eye of my understanding and thought, what can this be? I was amazed that it could last for I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing. And I was answered in my understanding. It lasts and always will, because God loves it, and thus everything has being through the love of God.

--Julian of Norwich, Showings, translated and introduced by Edmund Colledge, O.S.A. and James Walsh, S.J. (Paulist Press, 1977) p 231

Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1413), the great English mystic who gave to the English language the word "Enjoy"

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1 comment:

  1. The military getting interested in literary theory actually makes perfect sense. It has been said that writing about war is as important as fighting it. Throughout history putting reasons for war in a narrative in order to gain approval of either the masses or the powers that be has been used to justify acts that otherwise would be opposed. Caesar's Gallic Wars is such an example. Alexander did it to.Napoleon framed his aggression in terms of spreading the French revolution throughout Europe. A most recent example is the second gulf war, framed as part of the war on terror even though Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism.
    If the military is trying to get even better at this then woe to us if we don't educate ourselves to see through this.