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Author QuotedJulian of Norwich
Title QuotedRevelations of Divine Love
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/12/27
QuotationThis morning I was praying much for a wise heart, and I think the gift of this Christmas has been the real discovery of Julian of Norwich. I have long been around her, and hovered at her door, and known that she was one of my best friends, and just because I was so sure of her wise friendship I did not make haste to seek what I now find. She seems to me a true theologian, with a greater clarity and organization and depth even than St. Theresa. I mean she really elaborates the content of revelation as deeply experienced. It is first experienced, then thought, and the thought deepens again into life, so that all her life the content of her vision was penetrating her through and through. And one of the central convictions is her eschatological orientation to the central, dynamic secret act "by which all shall be made well" at the last day, our "great deed" [underlined twice] ordained by Our Lord from without beginning.
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 189
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