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This is a Texty Tuesdays post, looking at different types of text from the printed word to blogs to things you scribble when you’re bored.
Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love did something no other piece of medieval literature has done to me. It stirred up a lot of emotion in me; I had, I’ll admit, a lump in my throat.
When she was young, Julian of Norwich prayed to God for a vision. She wanted more knowledge of the suffering of Christ; to know how those closest to him felt, watching him dying on the cross. She wanted to think she was dying, for everyone to think she was dying, so that she had no reason to think she would live any longer; but to not actually die.
At the age of thirty-something, her prayer was answered. She suffers a fever; can’t move, can’t speak; can hardly breath. At one point, her mother closes her eyes, thinking she’s dead.
A priest and a young boy from the town visit, to say the last rites. The priest holds a crucifix with Christ on it in front of Julian, and she has a vision. A series of showings from God himself. Continue reading