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Monday, 25 May 2009

Quote of the week No. 20 : some little words of calm

Twenty-five degrees at 8:30am. Clear skies and promising a Scorcher. Thirty-three by 3:30pm. Definitely a Scorcher.

St Julian of Norwich (c.1342-c.1416), English anchorite and mystic, whose Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love is believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language.


"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."


Surprisingly optimistic words for a person living through the ravages of the Black Death...but in the 21st century still resonant with divine reassurance.




Image from http://conservation.catholic.org



11 comments:

ladyfi said...

Divine reassurance. I love that and find it very comforting.

Chairman Bill said...

Mad as a hatter, of course. You have to be when you brick yourself up in a wall.

Louise said...

@ Chairman Bill : bricked up behind a wall was probably the besty way to survive the plague!

Chairman Bill said...

Good God - is that Twitterese you're using?

Louise said...

Do you mean the commercial A or the "besty"...? Don't do Twitter - if I did the chickens would starve, the kids run wild and the house would fall down...PS Must reply to your comment about lower case initial on The Devil...

Chairman Bill said...

The @ is pure Twitterese. I succumbed last week.

Louise said...

Sounds painful

Mrs B said...

Don't do Twitter either - just wanted to add that the whole 'look on the positive side' of this quote is the key. Whether you view her as a tad strange or not, some good teachings.

PS Apologies if I missed all the other praise for new photo (I'm behind on my catch up on your blog)!

Louise said...

@Mrs B I agree - these are very powerful words for me. E.g. I remember chanting them to myself during both of my labours...

Warren Baldwin said...

I like St. Julian's quote. I've been searching on here for some of the quotes you have collected. You don't have a link where all of them are together, do you?

Louise said...

Hi Warren. Yes, they should all be tagged Quote of the Week, at the foot of the post. If you click the tag you should get all of them. I particularly like the St Julian quote - it's very famous in the UK. I find it particularly interesting that it's from the oldest book written in English by a woman, and this book preaches a particularly radical view of Jesus' teachings, for its time i.e. the love of God as analogous to the love of a mother set against the disciplinarian, fearful God of the Christian establishment of the time. Fascinating.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Quote of the week No. 20 : some little words of calm

Twenty-five degrees at 8:30am. Clear skies and promising a Scorcher. Thirty-three by 3:30pm. Definitely a Scorcher.

St Julian of Norwich (c.1342-c.1416), English anchorite and mystic, whose Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love is believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language.


"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."


Surprisingly optimistic words for a person living through the ravages of the Black Death...but in the 21st century still resonant with divine reassurance.




Image from http://conservation.catholic.org



11 comments:

ladyfi said...

Divine reassurance. I love that and find it very comforting.

Chairman Bill said...

Mad as a hatter, of course. You have to be when you brick yourself up in a wall.

Louise said...

@ Chairman Bill : bricked up behind a wall was probably the besty way to survive the plague!

Chairman Bill said...

Good God - is that Twitterese you're using?

Louise said...

Do you mean the commercial A or the "besty"...? Don't do Twitter - if I did the chickens would starve, the kids run wild and the house would fall down...PS Must reply to your comment about lower case initial on The Devil...

Chairman Bill said...

The @ is pure Twitterese. I succumbed last week.

Louise said...

Sounds painful

Mrs B said...

Don't do Twitter either - just wanted to add that the whole 'look on the positive side' of this quote is the key. Whether you view her as a tad strange or not, some good teachings.

PS Apologies if I missed all the other praise for new photo (I'm behind on my catch up on your blog)!

Louise said...

@Mrs B I agree - these are very powerful words for me. E.g. I remember chanting them to myself during both of my labours...

Warren Baldwin said...

I like St. Julian's quote. I've been searching on here for some of the quotes you have collected. You don't have a link where all of them are together, do you?

Louise said...

Hi Warren. Yes, they should all be tagged Quote of the Week, at the foot of the post. If you click the tag you should get all of them. I particularly like the St Julian quote - it's very famous in the UK. I find it particularly interesting that it's from the oldest book written in English by a woman, and this book preaches a particularly radical view of Jesus' teachings, for its time i.e. the love of God as analogous to the love of a mother set against the disciplinarian, fearful God of the Christian establishment of the time. Fascinating.