THE MYSTICS WHO
INFLUENCED JULIAN OF NORWICH
Quotes And Commends
Julian of Norwich?
Written about Julian of Norwich
Medical Views of Women and Female Spirituality in the Ancrene
Wisse and Julian of Norwich's Showings
Elizabeth Robertson ©1993
of Norwich: Mystic and Theologian
by Grace M. Jantzen
Pity not with Blame: Reflections on the Writings of Julian of
Norwich and on The Cloud of Unknowing
Robert Llewelyn ©1982:
as Feminine in Julian of Norwich the Light of the Psychology of
Is Our Mother":Julian of Norwich and the Medieval Image of Christian
Jennifer PHeimmel ©1982
of Norwich Anchoress, Mystic, Author of The Revelation of Divine
of NorwichMystic, contemplative, feminist, pantheist
of Norwich was graced with a series of visitations from God in the
form of sixteen visions. Shortly after these revelations, or "showings"
as Julian referred to them, she wrote a description of them as well
as a brief analysis of their content." John Noffsinger, Ph.D
"There can be no doubt that Julian is the greatest
of the English mystics."
of the great, infinite love which God has for all humankind, he
makes no distinction in love between the blessed soul of Christ
and the lowliest of the souls that are to be saved . . . . We should
highly rejoice that God dwells in our soul and still more highly
should we rejoice that our soul dwells in God. Our soul is made
to be God's dwelling place, and the dwelling place of our soul is
God who was never made." JoN
"And I saw no difference between God and our
Substance: but as it were all God." JoN
also showed that sin would be no shame but an honor to man, for
just as for every sin there is an answering pain in reality, so
for every sin bliss is given to the same soul." JoN
Early Christianity, in Ireland and England, hermits, contemplatives,
paralleling those of the Egyptian and Syrian deserts, were known
as the Celi Dei , the Friends of God. This name is also frequent
in later contemplative movements and writings . At the same time
that Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton and the author of the Cloud
of Unknowing were formulating their contemplative texts in England,
other mystics were writing on the Continent."
Julian's theology, we find the fullest expression of the concept
of the femininity of God. 'God is really our Mother as he is Father,'
she says. 'Our precious Mother Jesus brings us to supernatural birth,
nourishes and cherishes us by dying for us, giving us the sacrament....
Her mysticism brings tenderness and 'homeliness' to the understanding
of God our Mother." Kenneth Leech, author of Soul Friend
so Jesus is our true Mother in nature by our first creation, and
he is our true Mother in grace by his taking our created nature."
it am. The greatness and goodness of the Father, I it am; the wisdom
and kindness of the Mother, I it am" JoN
Second Person of the Trinity is our mother in nature, in our substantial
making. In him we are grounded and rooted, and he is our mother
by mercy in our sensuality, by taking flesh." JoN
"For in man is God, and God is in all. And I hope
by the grace of God he that beholdeth it thus shall be truly taught
and mightily comforted..." JoN
after this I saw God in a Point, that is to say, in mine understanding,
-- by which sight I saw that He is in all things" JoN
author and theologian, proto-universalist
aspect of her writing that is most liberating, is her assertion
that there is no wrath in God. This speaks to a world, where,
if there is any awareness of God at all, there is an awareness
that God is a God of judgment and anger; an image of God with
a big stick waiting to get one!"
Diocese of Johannesburg
she held strongly this belief in the closeness of man and God,
Julian has an optimistic assessment of man and the universe, and
a belief that sin is relatively unimportant... Moreover she claims
that 'God showed me that sin need be no shame to man but can even
be worthwhile.' She seems to mean by this that sins are disguised
virtues, for 'in heaven what sin typifies is turned into a thing
Kenneth Leech, author of Soul Friend
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that
uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness
(the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped
in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality
is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common
terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the
silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom,"
"spiritual disciplines," and many others.
Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.