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Julian of Norwich; God Loves Us In Triplicate

Updated on October 5, 2016
Statue of Julian on the front of Norwich Cathedral holding the Book of Revelations of Love
Statue of Julian on the front of Norwich Cathedral holding the Book of Revelations of Love
Church of St Julian in Norwich
Church of St Julian in Norwich

There is little known about Julian of Norwich before she became an anchoress at Julian Church. An anchoress is someone who is cloistered in a cell that has only three doors. One door is to participate in church services and receive the sacraments. One door is for the attendant to bring food. I don't claim to know any more about her than what I've read but I heard a very inspiring sermon last Sunday concerning her beliefs and teachings.

We don't know what her real name was just that she took Julian when she became an anchoress. Julian suffered from an illness before she applied to become an anchoress. She was so ill that she thought she was going to die and received the Last Rites. During her illness she had 16 visions. Julian wrote about all of the visions or revelations she had in the form of a book. She is claimed to have been the first woman to publish a book in English. This was quite an accomplishment for a woman in medieval times.

The way it was put to us Sunday was that Julian taught that God loves us in triplicate. He created us, He loves us and He gives us understanding. I don't profess to totally understand the whole theory but this is what I do understand is this.

God the Father created us. That is the first way God loves us. God the Son, Jesus, loved us so much that he took on our image and suffered the most horrendous death possible to save our souls. He taught us to love one another as we love ourselves. This is the second way God loves us. Now this is the one I'm not certain about, but God the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of understanding and knowledge of how to live our lives. This the the third way God loves us.

What a wonderful way to go through life. What simplicity. I hope that I can follow what Julian taught and live as simply and trusting as she did.


Lord God, who in your compassion granted to the Lady Julian Many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


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  • bearnmom profile imageAUTHOR

    Laura L Scotty 

    6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Thank you, Attikos, for furthering my article. I had read that phrase and forgotten it.

  • Attikos profile image


    6 years ago from East Cackalacky

    Perhaps her most famous phrase is:

    "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."

    That statement is the heart of her vision. Its meaning is that God so loves the world He in the end will gather all His straying creatures back to Himself. It is the antithesis of the concept of eternal damnation. Carry Julian's belief to its logical conclusion, and there is no hell, or at the least there will be no one in it. We all will be saved, perhaps not in the same way but ultimately with a similar result.

    Today, going on a millennium since she had it, this may be a more controversial idea than then. It certainly is one to contemplate.


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