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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus as mother, 29 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Revelations of Divine Love (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Inspiring piece of writing for those who wish to become closer to a feeling of God's presence in daily life.

Julian of Norwich presents Jesus as mother which I have never thought of before and which I find very appealing because most of the time he is presented as lover. This idea of Jesus as feminine as well as masculine makes the Godhead seems more rounded, accessible and balanced. Julian portrays a very warm picture of God (and again there is the sense that God is both male and female) and the affirmation 'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.' is a comforting mantra to live by.

Her revelations of Christ on the Cross are graphic and I found it difficult to forget the images that she portrayed as they were so vivid. The blood and pain and heart riven in two became almost tangible and the images lingered for days. Be prepared for these scenes. They are potent and a strong reminder of our own crucifixion in life when we start to investigate the inner life. We are asked to take up the cross and bear the pain that leads to unconditional love.

A sensible woman who deeply lived her faith and provides us with a fine mystical portrait of God but grounded in the reality of daily life. I visited her shrine in Norwich three years ago and was struck by how small was the space in which she lived (it is a reconstruction but it is on the very site where she lived). There is a little shrine and the words 'Thou art enough to me.' leap out at the visitor.

Worth sessions of lectio divina and silent meditation on her words and images.
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