Saint Julian of Norwich. I love this saint. I love what she has written. Her most famous quote is powerful and could have been written by a modern, prayerful Catholic. Saint Julian was a mystic, spiritual writer and an anchoress, called to a solitary life of prayer, contemplation and counselling. Her home was a small room, or cell, attached to the Church of S. Julian, Bishop of Le Mans, just off one of the main streets of Norwich. There was a ‘Rule of Life’ associated with this order drawn up in the 13th century, which stated that the cell should have 3 windows that opened; one into the Church, so she could hear Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament; one to communicate with her servant, who would have lived close at hand and would have been responsible for the chores; one to give advice to those who sought it.
What is remarkable is that she could write these words even though she had nursed the sick and dying during the Black Plague in England, a horrific experience since Julian lived right in the middle of the second largest city in England at the time.
She could remain confident in the Love of God because
she received powerful visions of God’s Love for all mankind when she was around 30 years old.