Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) ON PRAYER

[This is the third of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Historically, very little is know about this important mystic which is probably why she is not a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.]

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.

The fruit and the purpose of prayer is to be one with and like God in all things.

Prayer fastens the soul to God,
making it one with his will
through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.
So he says this,
Pray inwardly, even though you feel no joy in it.
For it does good, though you feel nothing, see nothing,
yes, even though you think you cannot pray.
For when you are dry and empty, sick and weak,
your prayers please me, though there be little enough to please you.
All believing prayer is precious in my sight.
God accepts the good-will and work of his servants, no matter how we feel.

A prayer by Julian of Norwich
In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Savior.
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.

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Special thanks to Cynthia Large for permission to use today’s artwork Please visit her site.


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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