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A Lesson of Love: The Revelations of Julian of Norwich(Unabridged) Paperback – January 5, 2003
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Fr. John-Julian, OJN, is an Episcopal priest and monk. He is the founder of the Order of Julian of Norwich, a contemplative Order of the Episcopal Church with both monks and nuns in the same order, under the same vows, and with equal status. The Order of Julian of Norwich, 2812 Summit Avenue Waukesha, WI 53188 A Lesson Of Love The Revelations of Julian of Norwich © 2002 All Rights Reserved
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It is, after all, very strange to be reading in the 21st century about a woman called Julian who, on her deathbed, requested and received a vision of Christ's very pain, so that she was able to enter into the experience of Crucifixion herself. We would never ask for or desire such a thing, but she made her prayer desiring such nearness of Christ as to feel his very wounds. She recovered, then spent the next 20 years trying to figure out what happened to her. Julian is no teenaged Bernadette, but a 30-year-old woman who underwent a visitation from the Divine. She made notes shortly afterwards, then prayed and meditated on her experience for two decades before setting down the Revelations in her maturity. Julian's book comes out of her prayer life, and it stands to reason that a modern translation of her work ought to come from the translator's prayer life too. Whatever knowledge a medievalist may bring to the enterprise, a great deal remains lost or hidden without the eyes of a mature faith. The translator of this volume brings his own deep experience of God to the task--including the imperative to translate rather than interpret, add or subtract.
The result is a clarity and depth never before revealed in Julian's simple but difficult writing. The reader gets the experience of encountering Julian directly, and through her, encountering the Holy One. Her insights are so revolutionary that we are only beginning to absorb their impact: God does not judge. God is pure love. God cannot and does not get angry with those the Spirit has touched. God is our Mother and our Father. God is nearer to us than our own soul.
Since his first encounter with Julian, the former Fr. John has seen his life completely transformed. He is now Fr. John-Julian, founder of the Order of Julian of Norwich. The last thing he planned was to be a monk, but he's been swept away by the River of God. Isn't that transformation from sin to love what we all want?
Come, encounter this remarkable woman through this meticulous translation. By reading a page a day, your spiritual journey will begin, then accelerate, and finally take off for riches unknown.
I have dozens of books about and *by* Julian. This is the only one I read every day.