|Icon, "Juliana of Norwich", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
Juliana described herself as a "simple creature unlettered" when she received them; but, in the years that intervened between the vision and the composition of the book, she evidently acquired some knowledge of theological phraseology and Christian philosophy, the latter probably derived from the anonymous author of the "Divine Cloud of Unknowing". The book is the record of twenty years' meditation upon that one experience; for, "when the shewing, which is given for a time, is passed and hid, then faith keepeth it by grace of the Holy Ghost unto our lives end". More than fifteen years later, she received "in ghostly understanding" the explanation, the key to all religious experience:
"God showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand ... I looked at it and thought: What can this be? I was given this answer: "It is everything which is..." [to read the remainder of this explanation, please go to http://seekaretreat.com/PrayerPractices.pdf
|Fridge magnet that I made for Christmas gift, 2009|
Whatever we inherit from the fortunateJulian is honored with a feast day on May 13 in the Roman Catholic Church.
We have taken from the defeated
What they had to leave us—a symbol:
A symbol perfected in death.
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
By the purification of the motive In the ground of our beseeching.
My "Coming Home" StoryNOTE: Some portions of this story have been changed or combined or even partly fabricated in an effort to tell the story in a way that makes sense, provides anonymity for certain people and, particularly, to refrain from attempting to explain those events in the spiritual life which are simply unexplainable.
(continued from previous posting)
SUKI AND SALLIE
|Suki quietly gazing...|
A few weeks ago the big letter fell off the wall when Suki was "patting" it. Since this happened to be the middle of the night, this event frightened not only Suki but it also frightened me as the crashing sound awakened me from a deep sleep! At that point, I said several unpleasant words and then announced my decision that the big letter was going in the closet for good!
Much to Suki's dismay that is exactly what happened to the letter "S". It is now in the very back of the closet wedged tightly between two boxes. All was quiet for the next few nights; however, last night the black bandit struck again!
Since the "S" is now immovable, Suki evidently decided that as she no longer had her big letter that she would have to improvise. So, she decided that the two, free-hanging mirror panels near where I sleep would work just as well as the big letter had! Oh joy, oh bliss!
It took me a long time to get to sleep last night due to this continuing cough. Finally, I fell asleep but was suddenly rudely awakened by this loud, scraping noise. At first I could simply not figure out what on earth the noise could be! As I frantically searched the room in the dim light coming from the hallway, I finally saw this black shape (Suki), standing on her hind legs and moving her front paws rapidly on the glass surface of one of the mirrors. I yelled and the noise stopped. Suki slowly walked over to me, sat down and with that look on her face which she assumes when she wants something she meowed! The meow said "I'm hungry. Let's eat." I looked over at the clock and saw the numbers click over to 4:30 a.m. And so began my morning.
This cat is just too clever by far and, obviously, she has no fear of me! Now I am trying to figure out a way to discourage her from this activity -- ever the optimist, aren't I?
Except for this silly cough, I am doing about the same. On Sunday I will be taking down my Christmas decorations as that is Epiphany for Catholics and Christmas for the Orthodox. On Monday I am praying that I will finally get a date for this next surgery. My next posting will be on the 8th, God willing, and I hope to have good news to report.
Meanwhile, I think it is time for a quick nap (or maybe not so quick!) and then there are a number of emails to respond to. I will be praying that the peace of the Lord will be with us all.
Dear Juliana of Norwich, please pray for us. Amen.