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Julian of Norwich: Creation Spirituality in a Time of Plague – Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox

May 2, 2020

Lady Julian speaks to us in these days of the COVID-19 Pandemic from the age she lived in… the Black Plague in Europe and her home country of England.

Julian of Norwich: Creation Spirituality in a Time of Plague – Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox
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  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    I have never been a big fan of Matthew Fox, but, interestingly, I have started thinking about Julian lately. Yes, she did live in a time of plague, and there may be some wisdom there for us to mine. At the moment, I am seeing her as a model of response and contemplation. She had a revelation that was life changing, reflected on it and wrote about it, but didn’t stop there. She continued to explore it and came back to it over and over, and found herself writing on it again a couple decades later. She took up what God had given to her, meditated on it, integrated it, and willingly shared it. PErhaps, too, I see a connection to Merton, whose experience of the morning as witnessing creation (Conjectures,,,”How the valley awakes…”) is echoed later in Day of a Stranger and Rain and the Rhinoceros.

    • I too had never been a fan of his, but like you Denise and I have been thinking of Julian lately. She does offer us clues, like Merton, on how to do more than simply “survive” during these times.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I also have not been a big fan of Matthew Fox, but found his post about Mother Julian to be helpful. For the past few years I’ve been taking a monthly service for residents in an extended care hospital. The service includes a short homily usually on the gospel reading for the day. All services and visiting has been stopped since early March.
    One day, probably still a good number of months away, I’ll be standing to preach. The homily will need to address in some fashion what the residents have been through, confinement and isolation from family and friends. Julian’s message of hope even in times of distress takes me back in one way to one of my favourite passages by Paul: Romans 8:38-9. Food for thought as I ponder things over the next few months.
    As an aside, I always enjoy reading your posts about Thomas Merton.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts around ministry and Mother Julian… tough times indeed for the folks whom you care for. Thank you as well for reading my Merton posts, Bruce! God’s blessings upon you and yours as we move forward together.

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