40 Day Journey with Julian of Norwich: Day 1

I said before that I would begin this journey at the beginning of the liturgical year, and that a day in the journey would take me a week in everyday life, like making the Exercises by the nineteenth annotation. My intention is to continue with my normal routine of morning prayer and evening examen, and to add two additional evening prayer sessions into my week. As much as is possible for me to do – I know that this will be challenging. Please wish me well and hold me in your prayers as I make this journey. So, here it begins.

God does not despise what He has made…For as the body is clad in the cloth, and the flesh in the skin, and the bones in the flesh, and the heart in the trunk, so are we, soul and body, clad and enclosed in the goodness of God. Yes, and more closely, for all these vanish and waste away; the goodness of God is always complete, and closer to us, beyond any comparison. For truly our lover desires the soul to adhere to Him with all its power, and us always to adhere to His goodness…For it is so preciously loved by Him who is highest that this surpasses the knowledge of all created beings. That is to say, there is no created being that can know how much and how sweetly and how tenderly the Creator loves us…God wishes to be seen, and He wishes to be sought, and He wishes to be expected, and He wishes to be trusted.

40 Day Journey with Julian of Norwich; Lisa E. Dahill, editor

Reading: Galatians 3:26-27

Psalm: 139:13-14

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