Julian of Norwich Biography

 

 

 

Julian of Norwich was most likely a Benedictine nun who lived a life of seclusion in Norwich, England during the later part of the 14th century. She is thought to be one the greatest of English mystics. At the age of thirty, suffering from a servere illness and believing she was at the point of death, Julian passed into a trance and had a series of intense visions in which she was led to contemplate the nature of Divine Love. These revelations brought her great peace and joy. For twenty years she meditated on her visions in a small cell close to a church in Norwich, where she devoted her life to prayer and contemplation. She wrote the results of her meditations in a book called 'Revelations of Divine Love'. During her life many sought her advice in spiritual matters. Since her death, many more have found help in her writings. The precise date of her death is uncertain.

"And I saw quite clearly in this and in all, that before God made us, he loved us, which love was never slaked nor ever shall be. And in this love he has done all his work, and in this love he has made all things profitable to us. And in this love our life is everlasting. In our creation we had a beginning. But the love wherein he made us was in him with no beginning."

 Julian of Norwich

 

  Circle of Existence - 'All is Well' is a music meditation inspired by Julian's revelation.

   For more detailed information see The Shewings of Julian of Norwich : Introduction by Georgia Ronan Crampton

 Full text of Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich can be found here at Wikiquote

 

 More Links: The Julian Site - Julian of Norwich Shrine - Friends of Julian