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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (V/2)

We die with the dying; / See, they depart, and we go with them. / We are born with the dead: See, they return, and bring us with them. The first part of the verse is striking but not surprising. … Continue reading

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All shall be well … but how well is well?

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 (25 times, to be exact) God’s salvific work in Christ with the phrase “that … Continue reading

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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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The World is a Hazlenut We Must Nought

Of the sixteen showings received by Julian of Norwich on the 15th of May, 1373, the third immediately grabbed my theological attention: The third is that our Lord God, al mighty, all wisdom, and all love, right also verily as … Continue reading

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Julian of Norwich and the Revelation of Love

“This is a revelation of love that Jhesu Christ, our endless blisse, made in sixteen showings”—thus begins the divinely inspired reflections of Julian of Norwich on the visions she received on 13 May 1373. She was thirty years old. Julian … Continue reading

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Theologizing with Julian of Norwich

In his book on Julian of Norwich, Denys Turner makes an extraordinary claim: the long text of Julian’s Showings ranks as “one of the great works of medieval theology in any language,” standing alongside the contributions of St Anselm, St … Continue reading

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