Our part

Julian left a written account of her encounter with Jesus, whom she already recognized as Messiah. But Jesus did not make everything clear to her. Instead, as though to explain everything, he said, “Lo how I love thee,” and this became the inescapable singularity toward which all else in the Revelations, including Adam, fell.

The purpose of this revelation, as Julian understood it, was instruction in love, but she saw this instruction in very specific terms. They were given in order to know God; to know ourselves, what we are in Him in nature and grace; and to know humbly what we ourselves are as regards our sin and our weakness. Because God is unfailingly at work in all things and to be like Him perfectly is the ultimate goal of existence, the journey from an incompletion that cannot fail to fail, to an ultimate completion that has perfect freedom to love and does nothing else, appears uncertain only from the side of humanity. What Julian understands most from what she is shown is that it is not for her to understand everything, but to trust.

Julian did not make everything clear, either, she could not. What she did in response, and asks of those who follow her as well, is to believe in this Love as the primary absolute, to live as if it matters, as if it were the only thing that matters. She wants for the reader to say, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we by faith have heard him ourselves. We are convinced that His Love is the only thing that matters, and we are going to live like we believe it.”

Recent Issues

May 2024

March 2024

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023

October 2023

July 2023

May 2023

January 2023

December 2022

October 2022

September 2022

July 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015