‘Mother Julian’

Rogier van der Weyden - Julian of NorwichMalcolm Guite has shared his beautiful sonnet about Julian of Norwich – ‘Mother Julian’. It’s worth sharing again:

Show me O anchoress, your anchor-hold
Deep in the love of God, and hold me fast,
Show me again in whose hands we are held,
Speak to me from your window in the past,
Tell me again the tale of Love’s compassion
For all of us who fall onto the mire,
How he is wounded with us, how his passion
Quickens the love that haunted our desire.
Show me again the wonder of at-one-ment
Of Christ-in-us distinct and yet the same,
Who makes, and loves, and keeps us in each moment,
And looks on us with pity not with blame.
Keep telling me, for all my faith may waver,
Love is his meaning, only love, forever.

– Malcolm Guite, ‘Mother Julian’, in The Singing Bowl (London: Canterbury Press, 2013), 82.

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