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From Julian of Norwich’s (1342-1416) A Revelation of Divine Love (Rendered in Modern English by Walter Melnyk): “How We Should Pray: This showing was made to teach our soul wisely to cleave to the goodness of God. During that time our custom of praying was brought to mind: how we, for lack of understanding and experiencing God’s love, make use of many intermediaries and techniques. And I saw truly it gives God more honor, more true delight, if we faithfully pray to Himself because of His goodness, cleaving to that by His grace, with a true understanding of steadfast love, than if we made use of all the means of prayer that a heart can think of. For even if we use every one of those means, it is still too little, and not full honor to God. For everything is just a part of His goodness, and there is nothing lacking in that….For as the body is clad in cloth, and the flesh in the skin, and the bones in the flesh, and the heart in the breast, so are we, soul and body, clad in the goodness of God and there enclosed. Yes, and even more intimately, for although those other things may waste and wear away, the goodness of God is forever whole, and nearer to us beyond any comparison. Truly our lover desires that our soul cleave to Him with all its might, and that we be evermore joined to His goodness. For of all the things the heart may think, this uniting pleases God most, and most readily aids us, for our soul is so specially loved by He who is highest that it is beyond the imagining of all creatures. That is to say, there is no creature that is made that may know how greatly and how sweetly and how tenderly our maker loves us. Therefore, with His grace and help, we abide in spiritual beholding, with everlasting wonder at the high, overpassing, inestimable love that almighty God has for us in His goodness.”

Roger

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