038 Norwich Historic Plaque (Green)(photo: Leo Reynolds/Flickr)

This concept of wanting to be one with Christ’s suffering…It’s so foreign to all of us. We do whatever we can to avoid and escape pain. And her goal was to be ‘oned’…in our culture, everyone wants to leap to Easter Sunday.
—Rev. Linda Loving

With Easter approaching this weekend, we’ve dusted off a vintage SOF show, “A Program for Passover and Easter,” which includes Krista’s 2002 conversation with Linda Loving, a Presbyterian pastor, actress, and writer. For nearly two decades, Loving has been performing a one woman play about the 14th-century Christian mystic Julian of Norwich.

As a young woman, Julian of Norwich fervently prayed to embody the depths of Christ’s suffering on the cross. At the age of 30, her prayers came true when she was stricken with a near-fatal illness. In this state of physical duress, she experienced a series of 16 mystical visions that she letter penned in Revelations of Divine Love. In the embedded audio link above, Krista and Rev. Loving probe Julian of Norwich’s ideas about pain, suffering, and healing.

Julian of Norwich is probably best known for the lines: “all shall be well, and all will be well.”

(photo, left: kristen.michelle/Flickr) | right: leilapea/Flickr)

And, as Loving explains in this clip, these spare words reveal the “simplicity on the other side of complexity.” Happy Easter.

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(Hey good women,
I found a piece in my search for truth
that brings me closer rather then farther
I hope you enjoy the spirit like I do
I like to read it while I listen to Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me"
to get the full effect! I'm sure Julian would enjoy these words too.
Good Luck)

The Strength Of Love

Then said Jesus,
"Father, forgive them
for they know not what they do"
-Luke 23:34

If we are to call ourselves Christians
we have better avoid
intellectual and moral blindness
throughout this world.

And even if we die here
without having to receive the earthly promise,
he shall lead us down that mysterious road called death
and at last to that indescribable city
where he has prepared the way for us.

His creative power is not exhausted by earthly life,
nor is his majestic love locked within
these limited walls of time and space.

Would this not be a strangely irrational universe
if death were a blind alley
leading the human race into nothingness?

Rather than say " His Creative Love"... Speak to Jesus' God and Our God and say "Your Creative Love" so the peom becomes prayer itself rather than about prayer to God.... You as in the Familiar Tu. In the passionate love of Jesus for his God can we find our own passionate love of God in order to address God as our God.

Hey Eileen,
not all of the post came through here's the other half:

God through Christ has taken the sting from death
by freeing us from its dominion.
Our earthly life is a prelude
to a glorious new awakening,
and death is an open door
that leads us into eternal life.

The Christian faith makes it possible for us
to nobly except that which cannot be changed,
to meet disappoint and sorrow with an inner poise,
and to absorb the most intense pain
without abandoning our sense of hope,
for we know, as Paul testified

"In life or in death,
in Spain or in Rome,
that all things work together for good
to them that love God
to them who are the called..."

- Love in Action
Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

Hey good woman I found a piece in my search for truth
that brings closer then farther I hope you enjoy the spirit like I do
I like to read it while I listen to Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me"
to get the full effect.

The Strength Of Love

Then said Jesus,
"Father, forgive them
for they know not what they do"
-Luke 23:34

If we are to call ourselves Christians
we have better avoid
intellectual and moral blindness
throughout this world.

And even if we die here
without having to receive the earthly promise,
he shall lead us down that mysterious road called death
and at last to that indescribable city
where he has prepared the way for us.

His creative power is not exhausted by earthly life,
nor is his majestic love locked within
these limited walls of time and space.

Would this not be a strangely irrational universe
if death were a blind alley
leading the human race into nothingness?

God through Christ has taken the sting from death
by freeing us from its dominion.
Our earthly life is a prelude
to a glorious new awakening,
and death is an open door
that leads us into eternal life.

The Christian faith makes it possible for us
to nobly except that which cannot be changed,
to meet disappoint and sorrow with an inner poise,
and to absorb the most intense pain
without abandoning our sense of hope,
for we know, as Paul testified

"In life or in death,
in Spain or in Rome,
that all things work together for good
to them that love God
to them who are the called..."

- Love in Action
Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

Thank you for this Easter addition. Posting it to my wall in hopes my facebook friends will take a minute to listen.

Thank you for making this lovely and uplifting dialogue available. It is appropriate that on this Holy Day ~ Good Friday we can hear St. Julian's words. At this time in history when there is so much suffering and death, when every person on the planet is affected by what is going on, we can take comfort and hope in "All shall be well." God is in charge.

We have a Julian Community here in Mexico City (an ecumenical group) .part of the Anglican work and outriach to those living in Downtown Mexico.....she is an inspiration to people all over the world....Santa Juliana de Norwich Chapel...Art 123 #134 Downtown Mexico..(Old Christ Church Parish)

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