Of her longing for Him she thought,
‘Only sin holds me back.
If sin had not been we would be clean
And one with him.’
Oh why was sin allowed?
Mourning and sorrow!
A bitter, foolish thought!
“It is necessary to allow sin,
but all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Where is sin?
All that is not good,
The contempt, the derision He bore for us,
His death, our pains and griefs,
she saw all this,
but not sin or blame,
but a high mystery of love.
She saw Christ’s compassion for mankind
For the causes of sin.
She had felt compassion
for His suffering and passion.
She felt it now for the suffering and distress
of her fellow Christians
The Church shall shake with anguish
Like a cloth in the wind.
Christians have anguish in this life,
Derision and rejection’
It keeps them from falling
For the vanity of this world.
God gives them comfort in pain,
Delight in joys to come.
‘I saw each kind compassion
a man has for his fellow Christians
is Christ in him.’
Julian could not understand
how the trials of this life give comfort.
how can all be well
after the great hurt of sin?
She was shown Adam’s sin,
falling away from God,
was the truly greatest of sins,
drawing all humanity
away from God.
Yet the loving act of Christ’s compassion
far outweighed it,
out weighing all sin.
Adam: Originally not a name, but from Hebrew: ‘a-am-man’
a creature of the genus Man, originally a species word not gender.
The male was hus-band-man: Husband-man,
bound to the hus or ham, the house or farm, the heavyworking gender of Man.
Woman, from wo-man, Shortened from wife-man, the female of the species Man.
Hus-wife, the lighter weight female, with the care and keeping of the hus or ham.
Living in small hunter-gatherer families, each took the other’s role in emergency.
Her thirteenth vision was difficult and dangerous.
In those horrific times in which up to a third of humanity died,
fear and suspicion were more infectious than the plague.
Heresy was harshly and fataly punished, the harshest punishment inducing greater penitence,
was thought a merciful alternative to eternal damnation.
It begins a series of visions which show doctrines of damnation, as held by the church of the day,
and by some today, in a completely different light – the light of God’s love for all mankind.
Julian introduces it in this way:
‘He gave me understanding of two parts of truth-
One part; our Saviour and our salvation,
open and clear, fair and light, plenteous,
for all mankind that is of goodwill, and shall be.
In which we are bound to God, drawn and counselled,
taught inwardly by the Holy Spirit,
outwardly by the Holy Church,
in the same grace.
It is our Lord’s will that we direct ourselves to this truth
for the second is hidden from us.
We are to enjoy Him as He enjoys us,
fully, reverently and meekly.
The second part is hid and shut from us,
all except our salvation.
It is private to our Lord.
It is the right of the royal lordship of God
to have His private counsel in peace,
not for us to learn.
Some busy themselves therein greatly.
If we knew how much we would please Him by leaving it,
The saints in Heaven desire to know
no more than our Lord will show them.
Their desire and love is ruled by His will,
and as we are all alike in God’s sight
we should do likewise.
She devotes the whole chapter to this.
It becomes increasingly plain that she treads a careful path between fears of heresy,
magnified as they were by the horrors of the Black Death and its aftermath,
and her desire to speak faithfully of what she as seen.
And thus our good Lord answered
all the questions and doubts that I might make,
saying full comfortably,
“I may make all things well,
I will make all things well,
and I shall make all things well;
and thou shalt see thyself
that all manner of thing shall be well.”
In these words, “I can, I will and I shall”
she understood the three workings
of the Son, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity.
Three persons, one truth.
In the words, “thou shalt see, thyself”
she understood the final uniting of the Trinity with mankind.
In these sayings God wills us to be enclosed In rest and in peace.
Thus the spiritual thirst of Christ for eternal love
shall have an end.
Christ Jesus is both God and Man:
as God, the highest bliss,
as Jesus, Christ,
in his joy at what he accomplished for us;
we are His bliss, His reward, His worship, His crown.
For all space and time, past, now, and to come,
His longing for us continues until it is fulfilled eternally
at the end of the age.
Pity, concern, compassion and longing
will come to fulfilment at the best time.