I was going through my “Saved for a Post” file and came across this quote. It seemed a good thought to keep in mind, given how un-well things seem to be at the moment.
Julian of Norwich, an English anchorite, wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love, and was a witness to the devastating effects of the Black Death of 1348–50. Julian “lived a life of confined isolation”, something folks who have been quarantined in recent weeks may be able to relate to.
I hope “all manner of thing” is well (or soon shall be well) for you and yours.
I love this quote. I think I first heard it (read it) over at Jenny’s blog as something Krissie liked (or possibly Krissie’s blog). I love the repetition and the positive message it conveys. Thanks for filling out the story behind the quote!
Such an interesting post! I had to look up what “anchorite” means, and I got lost in the weeds of Wikipedia reading up about Christianity in the Middle Ages. Those people were dedicated! This is such a great quote, and that it originated from the 1300s is amazing. You wonder what Julian of Norwich would’ve thought if she’d known that 700 years later, her words would be appearing on our blog.
I too got lost in the weeds researching and was amazed at the level of dedication to her beliefs Julian had. I’ve heard this quote in a number of places, including from Anne Stuart, Jenny, and from the Louise Penny books. I wonder of Julian of Norwich would be surprised that people still knew who she was, after all this time?