Monday, April 9, 2012

All Shall Be Well

I don't know. . .
I've been feeling a little
Julian of Norwich lately. . .
could have something to do with
having 2 people very close to me
that were/are in 2 different hospitals,
one person elderly
and the other young,
and trying to celebrate Holy Triduum
in the midst of it all.

Julian of Norwich gets to the heart of things.

. . and I must say
that I do agree with Mother Julian.
All Shall Be Well.

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“All shall be well,
and all shall be well
and all manner of thing shall be well.”

“God loved us before he made us;
 and his love has never diminished and never shall.”

“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God
is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”

"Pray inwardly,
even if you do not enjoy it.
 It does good, though you feel nothing.
Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing."

“See that I am God.
See that I am in everything.
See that I do everything.
See that I have never stopped ordering my works,
nor ever shall, eternally.
See that I lead everything
on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began,
by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made it.
How can anything be amiss?”

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God
who is always kept safe,
I know nothing of it,
for it was not shown to me.
But this was shown:
that in falling and rising again
we are always kept in that same precious love.”

“... so our customary practice of prayer was brought to mind:
how through our ignorance
 and inexperience in the ways of love
we spend so much time on petition.
I saw that it is indeed more worthy of God
and more truly pleasing to him that through his goodness
we should pray with full confidence,
and by his grace cling to him with real understanding and unshakeable love,
than that we should go on making as many petitions
as our souls are capable of.”