Julian’s Comments (10)

To read Julian’s Revelations in order, which is far better, begin at the Introduction. She continues here a remarkably interwoven, almost triple-plaited, study of the nature and relationship between the soul and its Creator which she began in chapter 52 .

Wickednes is turnyd to bliss be mercy and grace in the chosyn, for the properte of Godis to do good ageyn ille be Jesus our Moder in kynd grace; and the heyest soule in ver-tue is mekest, of which ground we have other vertues

Fifty-ninth chapter

We have all this bliss, by mercy and grace,
in a manner we might never have known
if the properties that gave us this bliss,
had been anything other than God’s goodness.

For evil may rise against good,
but mercy and grace rise against evil,
turning all to goodness and worship
for those that shall be saved.

For God’s nature is to do good against evil;
our true being is from Jesus Christ,
where our true motherhood begins,
with all the sweet keeping of love
that endlessly follows.

As God is our true father,
so God is our true Mother;
which He showed in these sweet words
where He said, I AM.

That is to say,
I AM, the might and goodness of the fatherhood
I AM, the wisdom of the Motherhood.
I AM, the light and grace that is all blessed love.
I AM, the Trinity; I AM, the Unity.
I AM the sovereign goodness of all things.
I AM that that makes you love.
I AM that that makes your longing.
I AM, the endless fulfilling of all true desires

For the soul is highest, noblest, worthiest
when it is lowest, meekest, and mildest;
in this substantial soil are all our virtues,
all our sensuality, by gift of kinship with God
and the help and speeding of mercy and grace,
without which we may not profit.

Our high father, Almighty God, all that is,
knew and loved us from before any time;
by which, in His marvellous deep charity,
by the foreseeing, endless counsel
of all the blessed Trinity, His desire was
that the Second Person should become
our Mother, our brother, and our saviour.

So, as God is our father and our Mother,
as our Father wishes, our Mother works,
our Lord the Holy Spirit makes good,
we should love God in whom we have our being;
reverently thanking and praising Him
for our making; mightily praying
to our Mother of mercy and pity, –
to our Lord, Holy Spirit of help and grace.

For in these three is all our life –
kinship, mercy, and grace;
from which we have meekness, mildness, patience,
pity – and hate of sin and wickedness,
for virtue must hate sin and wickedness.

And thus is Jesus our kindred Mother
from our first making;
our true Mother in grace,
taking our kindred nature.

All the fair, sweet, kindly role
of precious motherhood
is embodied in the Second Person,
for in Him we have this godly will,
whole and safe without end,
in both kinship and grace,
of His own proper goodness.

I saw three forms of Motherhood in God.
First, our birth in kinship with God.
Second, our kindred, family Motherhood.
Third, Mothering itself, growing, by grace,
length, breadth, height, and depth without end –
all by His own love.

Julian’s Comments (9)

To read Julian’s Revelations in order, which is far better, begin at the Introduction. She continues here a remarkably interwoven, almost triple-plaited, study of the nature and relationship between the soul and its Creator which she began in chapter 52 .

God was never displesid with His chosin wif; and of three properties in the Trinite, faderhede, Moderhede, and lordhede; and how our substance is in every person, but our sensualite is in Criste alone

Fifty-eighth chapter

God, the everlasting, blissful Trinity,
eternal, outside all beginning,
intended to make mankind eternal,
which fair nature was first assigned
to His Son, the Second Person.

And in the Trinity’s full accord,
He made us all at one,
uniting us, one with Himself,
by which union we are kept, clean
and noble as we were made.

By virtue of that precious union
we love our Maker: liking Him,
praising Him, thanking Him,
and endlessly treasuring Him.

And this is the work continually wrought
in every soul to be saved,
which is God’s intent as described above.

Thus in our making
God almighty is our kindly father,
God all-wise is our kindly Mother,
with the Holy Spirit’s love and goodness,
all one God, one Lord.

And in that knitted unity
He is our very true spouse,
and we His beloved wife, His fair maiden,
His wife with which He is never displeased.

For He said,
I love you, and you love me, and our love shall never be divided.

In the work of the whole blessed Trinity
I saw and understood these three properties:
the property of the fatherhood,
the property of the motherhood,
the property of the lordship,
in one God.

In our Almighty Father we are kept
in the bliss of our kindred substance,
created in Him at our making
outside all beginning.

In the Second Person, in mind and wisdom,
we have our keeping in our sensuality,
our restoration and saving,
for He is our Mother, brother, and saviour.

And in our good Lord the Holy Spirit
we have our reward and harvest
for our life and our work;
and endless surpassing of all we desire,
in His marvellous courtesy,
by His high plentiful grace.

For all our life is in three:
In the first we have our being,
in the second we have our increase,
and in the third we have our fulfillment.

The first is kindship, the second is mercy, the third is grace.

For the first, I saw and understood,
the high might of the Trinity is our father,
the deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother,
the great love of the Trinity is our Lord;
and all this we have in kinship
and in our substance, made in God.

Furthermore I saw the Second Person,
which is our Mother substantial,
that same dear, worthy person
is become our Mother sensual

For we are doubly of Gods making,
that is to say, substantial and sensual.
Our substance is the higher part,
which we have in our father God Almighty.

The Second Person of the Trinity
is our kindred Mother, made in our substance,
and in whom we are grounded and rooted.
He is our Mother in mercy,
taking flesh in our sensuality.

Thus our Mother works in us in various ways,
in whom our parts are kept undivided.
In our Mother Christ we profit and increase;
in mercy He remakes and restores us;
and by the virtue of His passion
and His death and uprising,
unites us to our substance.

Our Mother works in mercy to all His children
who are compliant and obedient to Him.

Grace works with mercy in two properties
of the third person, the Holy Spirit.

He works rewarding and giving:
reward is the Lord’s liberal payment
deserved and given him that has travailed;
giving is a courteous action He does
with free grace, fulfilling and surpassing
all that creatures deserve.

Our substance is our father, God Almighty,
our substance is our Mother, God all-wise,
our substance is our Lord, the Holy Spirit, God all-good

We exist in our father, God Almighty;
remade, restored, united and made perfect
in our Mother Christ of mercy,
fulfilled, yielded and given in grace
by the Holy Spirit.

For our substance is whole in each person
of the Trinity, which is one God.
And the sensuality of our soul
is only in Jesus Christ, the second person,
in whom is the Father and the Holy Spirit;
in Him, by Him, we are mightily freed
of Hell and the wretchedness in earth,
worshipfully brought up into Heaven,
blissfully made one with our substance,
increased in riches and nobility
by all the virtues of Christ, and
the grace and work of the Holy Spirit.