40 Day Journey with Julian of Norwich: Day 20

Good Lord I see in you that you are very truth, and I know truly that we sin grievously all day and are very blameworthy; and I can neither reject my knowledge of this truth, nor see that any kind of blame is shown to us. How can this be? For I know by the ordinary teaching of the Holy Church and by my own feeling that the blame of our sins continually hangs upon us…This then [caused me] astonishment, that I saw our Lord God showing no more blame to us than if we were as pure and as holy as the angels are in heaven…I [felt] great fear and perplexity, thinking that if I were to take it that we are not sinners and not blameworthy, it seems as if I should err and fail to recognise the truth. And if it be true that we are sinners and blameworthy, good Lord, how can it be that I cannot see this truth in you, who are my God, my maker in whom I desire to see all truth?

Reading: 1 Samuel 16:7b

Psalm 139:23-24

2 thoughts on “40 Day Journey with Julian of Norwich: Day 20”

  1. I haven’t prayed with this yet, but i am looking forward to it. And yes, I agree with you. The experience of God she shares, her perspectives and insights on Him are at the very least encouraging, and awe inspiring. I have taken on board a lot so far, and I am only half way through this journey. I am so glad I decided to accept the challenge of this book. Incidentally, i bought it in the bookshop at The Julian Centre, about 15 minutes before you and I struck up that initial conversation at the end of that retreat day! Take care, stay safe.

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