紀念日 / Memorial date
朱利安花了20年的時間反覆思索她這段奇妙經歷的意義所在。她曾聽到一個神秘的聲音對她說道：「你要知道耶穌苦難的意義嗎？全部苦難都包括在一個『愛』字裏面；你應當把這個字常記在心，你的思言行為都應以『愛』為出發點」。她寫成一本談論天主聖愛啟示的書「Revelations of Divine Love」。這本書因其神學深度和靈性訊息而深受讚賞。
Blessed Juliana of Norwich
Benedictine English mystic, sometimes called Julian (1342-c. 1416). She lived as a Benedictine nun in Norwich, beside the St. Julian Church, from which she most likely took her name. Little is known about Julian’s life.
Julian’s theology is based on her mystical experiences. She became seriously ill at the age of thirty and in the midst of her suffering prayed for a vision of Christ’s passion. Once in a time of prayer Julian heard the words, “I am the foundation of your praying” — words that greatly influenced her spiritual life. She always pointed to the goodness and love of God, a light in a time of darkness for Julian, who lived in an age of social unrest and fear of the Black Plague.
In 1373, Julian experienced sixteen revelations. Perhaps, the most famous of those revelations is this one:
And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, ‘What may this be?’ And it was answered generally thus, ‘It is all that is made.’ I marveled how it might last, for I thought it might suddenly have fallen to nothing for littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it. And so have all things their beginning by the love of God.
In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it. The second that God loves it. And the third, that God keeps it. But what is this to me? Truly, the Creator, the Keeper, the Lover. For until I am substantially “oned” to him, I may never have full rest nor true bliss. That is to say, until I be so fastened to him that there is nothing that is made between my God and me.
Julian’s book, Revelations of Divine Love - a work on the love of God, the Incarnation, redemption, and divine consolation - made her one of the most important writers of England. She wrote on sin, penance, and other aspects of the spiritual life, attracting people from all across Europe. She is called Blessed, although she was never formally beatified.
Bl. Juliana of Norwich, pray for us.
English Text: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4124