This week Contemplative Life Bookstore is examining the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich. Veronica Mary Rolf has done extensive research and just recently came out with a book entitled, Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich.
Over six hundred years ago, in an enclosure attached to a church in Norwich, England, a woman known only as Julian wrote a book detailing sixteen mystical encounters with Christ on the cross. At the time few women could read or write, and the writing or teaching of theology by “unlettered” lay people in the vernacular was strictly forbidden. Today, however, Julian’s Revelations are studied along with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Her theological insights and spiritual direction are compared to those of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. The twentieth century monk Thomas Merton called her “one of the most wonderful of Christian voices.”
If you are interested in ordering this 660 page hard-cover book, click here. I’ve also included a video that highlights quotes from Julian of Norwich herself.