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Jesus to Julian of Norwich: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"

Publicerad 2021-01-27 20:31:00 i Comfort, Jesus, Universalism, the doctrine about the final salvation of all, Visions,

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

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Lars Larsen

Born 1984 in Finland, Norwegian, lives in Österbybruk, Sweden, poet, ecotheologian and ecophilosopher (though not an academic such), is also called "The monk" ("munken", he is monk in a self-founded monastery order, "Den Heliga Naturens Orden", "The Order of the Holy Nature"), he calls himself "Forest Man Snailson" (Skogsmannen Snigelson) because of certain strong ties to Nature and the animals, founded among other things through many years of homelessness living in tent, cot, cave and several huts in the Flaten Nature Reserve and the Nacka Reserve outside of Stockholm. He debuted as a poet in 2007 with "Över floden mig" ("Across the river of me"), published by himself, he has also published an ecotheological work, "Djurisk teologi. Paradisets återkomst" (Animalistic theology. The return of paradise") on Titel förlag 2010. He has published the poem collection "Naturens återkomst" (The return of Nature) on Fri Press förlag 2018 together with Titti Spaltro, his ex-girlfriend. Lars' professions are two, cleaner and painter (buildings). Before he was homeless, but right now he lives in Österby boende, a group home for mental patients 45 km northeast of Uppsala. His adress is: Harviksvägen 6A, 74830 Österbybruk, Sverige. One can reach him in the comments section on this blog. His texts on this blog are without copyright, belonging to "Public Domain".

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