Monthly Archives: November 2017

All shall be well … but how well is well?

[This article has been significantly revised and expanded. For the updated version, CLICK HERE] Does Julian of Norwich advocate the salvation of every human being? The question haunts readers of her Showings. That it does so is curious. Julian repeatedly qualifies … Continue reading

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“Because of its three beginnings, this day signifies the primordial power of the Trinity”

Listen, my child, and I will tell you the reason why this tradition of observing the Lord’s Day and refraining from work has been handed down to us. When our Lord gave the Sacrament to his disciples, he took bread … Continue reading

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Akathist of Thanksgiving

Glory be to God for Everything Kontakion 1 Incorruptible King of all ages, holding in your hand every path of human life through the power of your saving Providence. We thank you for all the good things You do, those … Continue reading

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“And the child, skipping and rejoicing, as if in a bed chamber, walked into the temple of God”

Then holding the child with great joy, Zacharias eagerly brought Mary into the holy of holies, perhaps saying words such as these to her: “Come, fulfilment of my prophecy! Come, completion of the promises of God! Come, seal of his … Continue reading

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Julian of Norwich and the God who Delights to Die

“Sin is befitting, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well” (Revelations LT 27). On reading these words of Christ to Julian of Norwich we might be tempted to think that … Continue reading

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“Do not imagine that everything has been provided for your own stomach”

Now why did that land bear so well, when it belonged to a man who would make no good use of its fertility? 

It was to show more clearly the forbearance of God, whose kindness extends even to such people … Continue reading

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Alec Guiness reads Julian of Norwich

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Cross, Exsultet, and the Behoveliness of Sin

Dame Julian of Norwich presents us with antinomies which most of us (excepting hard-core Calvinists and traditional Thomists) would dismiss as metaphysical contradictions and moral nonsense: In his infinite power, God might have created a world in which all human … Continue reading

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