What Can We Learn from Julian of Norwich

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The medieval theologian Julian of Norwich was a mystic, writer, anchoress and spiritual director for her time. She is gaining in popularity for our time as she provides a spiritual template for contemplative prayer and practice in her compilation of writings found in Revelations of Divine Love. The insightful meditations provide the backdrop and basis for her Trinitarian theology’s embrace of God’s Motherhood found in the Trinity. Her representative approach of the all-encompassing unconditional love of a mother who nurtures, depicts Christ as our Mother ascending to the placement of Second hood within the Trinity while giving voice to the duality of God.
Her choices of metaphors are simplistic explanations providing
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She was the image of one who had successfully negotiated the transition from attachment to Jesus’ earthly manhood to a more profound and spiritual relationship with his resurrected self. In this, her vocation is similar to Julian’s, for Julian had also learned, through much suffering, that her integrity was founded not in anything the physical world could offer her, but in a spiritual relationship with Christ, developed through loving and persistent prayer.”

Julian recreated her visions or “shewings” in her visual imagery. Julian united to God, “oned” to God in love. Her use of “painterly eyes” in visual metaphors invokes the key figure of Mary Magdalene, “as the lover of Christ, whose sins became “no shame, but honor.” She utilizes these “dramatic representations of dialogue between the soul who seeks union with God who confers wholeness through relation.” She calls upon all to be like Mary Magdalene in their pursuit of their love for Christ, as they mourn for their sins rather than fear God’s judgments, imploring the approach of beseeching Christ in likening the par excellence fashion of the Magdalene.
Julian believed the relationship between the soul and God to be a drama. Magdalene as seeker is a common literary construct used throughout the morality plays of the medieval age. These representations presented a message that one must detach from an earthly Jesus

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