Jesus to Julian of Norwich: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"
The english mystic Julian of Norwich (1343-1416) had a vision of Jesus where Jesus said to her: "...all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well". These words have become classical in the universalistic* literature. Here is the context of the words, from the book "Revelations of Divine Love", from 1670:
“After this our Lord brought my mind back to the longing I had previously had for him. And I saw that only sin held me back. And, taking a wider view, I looked on the situation of us all and thought, ‘If only there had been no sin, we should all have been spotless and like our Lord, as he created us.’
And so, in the old days, I had been stupid enough to wonder why the powerful, foreseeing wisdom of God had not prevented sin from the start; for then, I thought, everything would have been all right. I really should not have indulged this line of thought as it made me depressed and sorrowful, without any reason or justification. But Jesus, who informed me in this vision of everything that I needed to know, gave me this answer:
‘It was necessary that there should be sin, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’
My comment: Truly these words are some of the most comforting I have read. And their brightness shines all the more clear as it is Jesus who has uttered them in a vision. It really feels like they are from Jesus' mouth in reality, especially since the Bible agree with them. And it is with these words as with the Swedish proverb: "the end good, everything good" ("slutet gott, allting gott"). The beautiful end of everything spread its redemptive, conciliatory light over everything that happens. It gives forgiveness to everything. We will all be saved in the end. So that means that everything is not lost if we are lost now. Jesus' words to Julian are truly a gospel, good news. Let us take them in and let them comfort us, deeply in our innermost being, so that we are not afraid to live, because to live is to make mistakes, here on earth.
* universalism is the doctrine of the final salvation of all beings