Here begynnith the first revelation of the pretious crownyng of Criste etc.
in the first chapter, and how God fullfilleth the herrte with most joy, and
of His greate meekenesse; and how the syght of the passion of Criste is
sufficient strength ageyn all temptations of the fends, and of the gret
excellency and mekenesse of the blissid Virgin Mary. The fourth chapter.
In the last rites, expecting to die,
Julian saw a vision in a crucifix:
The face of Jesus, Christ,
bleeding from the crown of thorns
In this sodenly I saw the rede blode trekelyn downe fro under the garlande hote
and freisly and ryth plenteously, as it were in the time of His passion that the
garlande of thornys was pressid on His blissid hede. Ryte so, both God and man,
the same that sufferd thus for me, I conceived treuly and mightily that it was
Himselfe shewed it me without ony mene.
In this moment suddenly
I saw the red blood trickle
from underneath the Garland,
as hot, fresh, and plenteous,
as in His Passion when the thorns
pressed upon His blessed head.
He who was both God and Man,
who suffered thus for me,
I knew, truly, mightily;
He showed me this directly.
She saw this not just as Jesus in His passion
but a vision of the Trinity;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In all future visions of Jesus
teaching and speaking to her,
she understood Christ as the Trinity.
She was to accept this meekly and reverently
as Mary did, saying in her heart.
‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord.’
This is how the soul delights and returns the Father’s Love.
And in that Showing suddenly
the Trinity filled my heart
I understood with greatest joy:
so it shall be in Heaven without end
to all that shall come there.
the Trinity is God:
God is Trinity;
the Trinity, our Maker, Keeper,
our everlasting love,
our everlasting joy and bliss,
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In that First Showing, and in all:
where Jesus Christ appears,
I feel the blessed Trinity.
And I cried, “Bene-dicite, Domine.”
This I said and meant for reverence
with a mighty voice,
I wondered and marvelled
that He, so reverend and awe-inspiring
would be so homely
with a sinful creature
in wretched ﬂesh.
and full gretly was astonyed for wonder and mervel that I had, that He that is so
reverend and dredfull will be so homley with a synfull creture liveing in wretched
flesh. This I tooke for the time of my temptation, for methowte by the sufferance
of God I should be tempted of fends or I dyed. With this sight of the blissid pass-
sion, with the Godhede that I saw in myne understonding, I knew wele that it
was strength enow to me, ya, and to all creturers leving, ageyn all the fends of
Hell and ghostly temptation.
In this He browght our blissid Lady to my understondyng. I saw hir ghostly in
bodily likeness, a simple mayde and a meke, young of age and little waxen above
a child, in the stature that she was wan she conceived with child. Also God
shewid in party the wisedam and the trueth of hir soule, wherein I understood
the reverend beholding that she beheld hir God and maker mervelyng with
greate reverence that He would be borne of hir that was a simple creature of His
makeyng. And this wisdam and trueth, knowyng the greteness of hir maker and
the littlehede of hirselfe, that is made, caused hir sey full mekely to Gabriel,
“Lo, me, Gods handmayd.” In this sight I understoode sothly that she is mare
than all that God made beneath hir in worthyness and grace. For aboven hir is
nothing that is made but the blissid manhood of Criste, as to my sight.
So everything exists by the Love of God
whom we cannot fully know
until we are united with Him.
We have no rest until we are one with Him
who is almighty, all-wise and all-good;
to whom all else is as nought;
in whom is perfect rest.
It is fully pleasing to Him
when a helpless soul comes to Him
simply, plainly, honestly.
He is the Eternal who made us for Himself,
restored us by His passion
and keeps us in His love.
‘I and the Father are one’
Jesus Christ is not a son sacrificed to his father
but the Father entered into the world as His own Son.
In this the love and homeliness of everything
is bound in the Holy Spirit.
The love between God and us
is more than the care of a good lord for his servants;
it is homely, family love
that we sould wonder at
and accept as Mary did.
God’s love is our clothing.
All that is made is no more than a hazel nut in the hand;
so little it could not survive unless made, loved, kept by Him who is unmade.
God’s goodness surpasses all that we may find
in the mere infinity of this nutshell universe.
To pray for any goodness or rest
that may give ease here
Is less than to pray to know His love and peace
which encloses us, and all we know,
as a garment.
ch. VII – IX
His love is more than the care of a good master
or lord for his servant;
it is homely and intimate.
The Good Parent has no favourites.
tries harder, grieves more,
over wayward and weak,
who in greed and folly
seek forever more and more.
His love given fully to each
neither divided nor weakened.
Each child equally favourite.
The closest we come to this
is feeling the child we are with
is our favourite.
When with more than one
our love is equal and full to all.
Anger is allied to grief.
Grief is an expression of love.
Awe-inspiring: in the original the word used is dreadful. In Mediaeval English, dread implied awe rather than apprehensive fear.