“…deeds are done which appear so evil to us and people suffer such terrible evils that it does not seem as though any good will ever come of them; and we consider this, sorrowing and grieving over it so that we cannot find peace in the blessed contemplation of God as we should do; and this is why: our reasoning powers are so blind now, so humble and so simple, that we cannot know the high, marvelous wisdom, the might and the goodness of the Holy Trinity. And this is what he means where he says, ‘You shall see for yourself that all manner of things shall be well’, as if he said, ‘Pay attention to this now, faithfully and confidently, and at the end of time you will truly see it in the fullness of joy.”
― Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
I think I like St. Julian because she preaches the Gospel to me in a way I can believe without feeling like I’m deluding myself. She’s a mystic, and I like that, too. I wish I could be a mystic, but I think I probably think too much about moisturizer to qualify. All I know is that when I read what she’s got to say, what she seems to understand about this life, I feel better. Sometimes, just having someone else say, “This stuff is hard…and raw…and real, and it’s ok. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong, or that you’re being punished. It just means that somethings are really hard, no matter how much you love Jesus. Loving Jesus just helps you deal with the hardness, makes a way to be with Jesus in the hardness, makes a way for Jesus to resurrect and renew the raw and the real of our day-to-day lives.” That’s what I hear her saying, anyway.