June 17th, 2011
|02:18 pm - Thank you|
This is just a quick shout-out to kizmet_42 and knight_random, both of whom recommended the writings of medieval mystic Julian of Norwich to me during this past year.
You were completely right. This is a perfect time for me to be reading her, and every few sentences (it seems) something strikes my spirit with flaming joy, or slices it open with a new insight, or makes me catch my breath with the depth of her vision of God and his compassion.
"...but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."
|Date:||June 17th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)|| |
She is wonderful, isn't she?
Ooh, I love that bit that you quoted. I borrowed a book of her writings once, but never really got around to reading it. Would you say she is particularly orthodox or unorthodox (or do I mean heterodox)?
I'm never quite sure what people mean by "orthodox." :) Overall, most definitely; she is a thoughtful and extremely Christian woman.
There are undoubtedly things that she says (or that she saw in her visions) that some, particularly in the Evangelical branches of the church, would find odd. But I happen to think she's more right about most of it than they are, so. And even if you don't agree with a few of her statements, she's always careful to say that this is "to her sight," how she sees it (which is refreshing), and everything she says is at least worth thinking about.
Ah. I suppose what I mean by orthodox is "not in direct contradiction to scripture or major church doctrine." Although that still seems a bit vague.
From what you describe it sounds good. I'd like to give her a try again...maybe some time when I'm not already trying to read four books at once. >_
She's a good author to take in bits. The sections are short, just a couple of pages, and I usually read one at lunch time, 5 minutes or so (more if I get super thinky about what she's saying). It'll take me a few months to get through the book this way, but I think if I went faster I'd miss things.
I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!
She's a perfectly orthodox Catholic.
I've gotta give her another try. We read some choice bits of her writings during a women's retreat for church years ago and I tried to read more then, but found the combination of archaic language and extremely rarified subject matter to be daunting. I love that quote, though, it is worth having tattooed on the inside of one's eyeballs. Very glad you're finding her so worthwhile.
There are some decent translations out there - the one in the "Classics of Western Spirituality" series is pretty good, and has a very helpful introduction.
I'm reading a--not quite a translation, but with the spelling and some of the syntax cleared up for reading. (It's a reprint of a 1901 edition, I think, complete with Introduction.)
I find that I am taking her in small bits. A couple of pages a day or so.
Yay! Julian! She's so wonderful.