Revelations of Divine Love

Revelations of Divine Love
ISBN: 0872432572

ISBN-13: 9780872432574

Here is the complete text of the 14th century spiritual classic. It has been called “the most perfect fruit of later medieval mysticism in England” and is considered to be the first book in English literature written by a woman. For hundreds of years the book has been a source of joy and comfort for the thousands who have turned to it for inspiration. Best known for her assurance that “all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well,” Julian is also known for telling us how the Lord showed her all that is made in something the size of a hazel nut.

Julian, a contemporary of Chaucer and Dante, was born about 1342 and lived well into the 15th century. She chose to live a solitary life as an anchoress in a cell adjoining the church of St. Julian in Norwich, from which she takes her name. These revelations came to her in May of 1373 when she was 30 years of age and deathly ill and she transcribed them some years after her recovery.

 Although she describes herself as “a simple creature, unlettered,” when she recorded her revelations, or “shewings,” there is evidence that in the years intervening between these visions and the composition of the book she had a certain acquaintance with the work of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, with the writings of Walter Hilton and with the letters of St. Catherine of Siena. Failing of comfort or trust in God, Julian tells us, is “the most mischief” into which the soul can fall. Love is the key to all religious experience. With this illumination the whole mystery of the Redemption and the purpose of human life became clear to her. Knowledge of God and knowledge of self are inseparable and God, she says, is nearer to us than our own soul. She lays special stress on the “homeliness” and the “courtesy” of God’s dealings with us to which we must respond with happy confidence. One may look to Julian for proof of what Aldous Huxley says: “It is a fact, confirmed and re-confirmed during two or three thousand years of religious history, that the ultimate reality is not clearly and immediately apprehended except by those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit.” Julian’s message is as direct as it is universal. One who is unfamiliar with her unique message is to that extent spiritually impoverished.

 This version of Revelations of Divine Love is from the manuscript in the British Museum edited by Grace Warrack. (286 pages)


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